Inspired by Queen Elizabeth’s attendance at London Fashion Week earlier this year, Royal Freesmasons’ Benevolent Institution (RFBI) Villages across NSW and ACT have decided to stage a series of fashion events in the lead up and during Sydney Fashion Week from 13-17 May to celebrate the individuality and style of the people they care for.

Frank Price RFBI CEO said after staging a fashion shoot at RFBI Lake Haven Masonic Village we saw the joy it brought to our residents to dress-up in their favourite pieces of clothing.

“At RFBI Lake Haven Masonic Village we engaged a professional stylist who brought in additional accessories and hats to add some finishing touches to the outfits. Along with hair and make-up we chose specific locations around the Village that really brought the photos to life. One of our residents who took part said she has never felt so beautiful in her life.

“As the Queen clearly shows, regardless of how old you are you can always have an individual fashion style. These fashion transformations allowed our residents to have a lot of fun and express themselves in a positive and unique way so we plan to do more.

“We thought as our residents can’t attend Sydney Fashion Week why not bring it to them. Some of our other villages across NSW will be staging fashion parades and fashion shoots, working with local vintage and recycled clothing stores to source accessories to add to the occasion.

“In Dubbo our RFBI Village will be teaming up with the local TAFE Hair and Make Up students to give the residents a glamour day complete with a catwalk runway. Most residents already have their favourite pieces of clothing so the students will be able to use that as a base and add some more flair.”

These series of projects allow residents to interact in a fun, innovative, age irrelevant way ensuring the focus is on what we have to share not what age we are.