The Whitecliffe Fashion Design Department has teamed up with men’s suit company French83 to support the Dream Chaser Foundation, a charity initiative that benefits families of children with cancer.
The Restyle Project is an incentive for New Zealanders to donate pre-loved suits to Whitecliffe Fashion Design students to be redesigned and then auctioned off on Trade Me. All proceeds go to the Dream Chaser Foundation and those who donate suits will receive a $250 voucher to spend at French83. The student designer whose recycled suit attracts the highest price on Trade Me will get the opportunity to collaborate with French83 to design suits for the international market.
French83 is run by Whitecliffe Fashion Design graduate Vivian Cheng and her brother Peter. They see the project “as an opportunity to showcase New Zealand’s style and are on the lookout for an up-and-coming Kiwi designer. The Restyle Project is a great way to identify this person and do something good at the same time.” Vivian says.
(Photo: Belinda Watt, Head of Fashion Design at Whitecliffe and co-owner of French-83 Vivian Cheng. Credit: Auckland City Harbour News)