Tarnished Frocks & Divas – Revamped Vintage Design Competition & Show

The Tarnished Frocks & Diva’s Show is being held August 20th-22nd, 2009 in the picturesque seaside city of Tauranga, New Zealand and is an event like no other.  Boasting an impressive exhibition of revamped vintage fashion and lively entertainment it is a show not to be missed.

Born from the imaginations of a group of local Bay of Plenty women in 2005, this bi-annual event has since exploded in popularity and amassed a loyal group of attendees nationwide.

And why wouldn’t you love an extravaganza such as this?

For starters the show is an opporunity to not only round up the girls (and guys) for a great night out but it gives you an excuse to spoil yourself silly on an outfit.  And trust me, it’s a no holds barred fashion fest’ and if you ever wanted to dress like an Oscar nominee, now is your chance.

Those attending are treated to a visual feast of reconstructed vintage ensembles donned by an exuberant bunch of fabulous 40 something women dubbed ‘divas’ who work the runway like the best of ’em.  The entertainment is spectacluar with performances by dancers, musicians and singers.  But the best part of all? For a meager $55 it’s a heck of a lot of fun!

For Designers there are two fashion design sections; one for students and one is open to all. We have included snippets below about the design competitions that have been taken directly from the TFANDD website.

Open Section Brief : ‘Derby Diva – Fashion in the Field’

All garments and accessories must be reworked or revamped originals from the 1920s, 1930s, 1940s, 1950s or 1960s. A mixture of garments from the various eras is acceptable for your creation.

If your a student here is an outline of your section;

Student Brief : Futuristic Diva

Once we receive your entry, we will arrange for you to dip into a bag full of “worse- for- wear” vintage garments. By utilising at least twenty five percent of the garment and by adding other vintage/retro garments/material/accessories – you will then transform and contemporise it into something worthy for the Tauranga Tarnished Frocks and Divas 2009 catwalk show. The theme for your section is “Futuristic Divas – what Divas may be wearing in the decade beginning 2010.”

Entries close 5th June 2009 and cost $35 for the open section and $20 for those attending secondary school.

For more information about the conditions of entry, prizes and to fill out an online entry form please visit http://www.tfandd.co.nz

For those that want to attend the show? this years Tarnished Frocks & Diva tickets are limited to only 2,000.  So as the old adage goes “if your not fast, your last” and if you want tickets get in now. Visit Ticket Direct to snap up your ticket before they all sell out!


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