Top Australian fashion designers donate their bespoke creations for a good cause.

In the bumper packed September issue, marie claire pairs the designers behind some of Australia’s leading brands with the much loved op-shops of the St Vincent de Paul Society. Using everything from wetsuits to curtains, the talented line-up made six gorgeous, one-off creations, which are being auctioned through marie claire to raise money for the Australian charity.

The result is nothing short of stunning, with the likes of Camilla & Marc, Sass & Bide, Therese Rawsthorne, Easton Pearson, Carl Kapp and Romance was Born creating one-off couture masterpieces from the treasures trove that is Vinnies.

For designer Therese Rawsthorne, the process of finding the trench coat and wetsuit that would become her one-of-a-kind dress brought back “the magic that comes with design. It was a totally spontaneous exercise. There was no pattern, it was entirely free hand, but the garments seemed to want to come together naturally. It was quite freeing in that sense.”

Every week more than 50,000 kilograms of donated clothing and bric-a-brac arrive at Sydney Vinnies stores. The proceeds raised from the designer auction will support the St Vincent de Paul Society and help Australians in need.

Julie McDonald, Community & Corporate Relations Manager, St Vincent de Paul Society NSW says “Vinnies is delighted to be working with marie claire and some of Australia’s top designers to turn our pre-loved Vinnies items into couture pieces. Vinnies has always admired marie claire’s strong sense of social justice which ties in perfectly with what we try to achieve in our Vinni’s shops where a good deal equals a good deed.
Vinnies would like to thank the wonderful team at marie claire, all the designers for their tremendous support and of course all our generous donors who donate their good quality items to help give someone a second chance at life.”
The September issue of marie claire goes on sale August 3.