A peek inside the wardrobe

2018-05-01 06:00
Casey Sutherland models one of the dresses. Photo: Jordan Murray-Smith

Casey Sutherland models one of the dresses. Photo: Jordan Murray-Smith (Jordan Murray-Smith)

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Camps Bay High School has created the Camps Bay High School Wardrobe to ensure that all their Grade 12 learners will look and feel their best on the night of their matric dance, regardless of their financial circumstances.

The project was initiated two years ago by Camilla Bernal, a former international model and parent at the school. She has been the driving force behind the initiative and is committed to running it for the next five years.

David de Korte, Camps Bay High School principal, says: “Camps Bay High School is a truly diverse school representative of the general demographic of the Western Cape and as such has learners with very different financial means. We recognised that some of our learners’ families may not have had the financial capacity to purchase a special matric dance dress or suit and felt great pressure and stress around this time as they couldn’t afford an outfit for the occasion.

“When Camilla came forward with a proposal that would relieve the financial burden of purchasing matric dance outfits, we were overjoyed. Camilla has since developed and implemented the idea with the assistance of other parents, grade heads and staff at Camps Bay High School.”

Bernal adds: “Over the past couple of years we have built up a wardrobe of donated dresses, suits, shoes and accessories which are available for our matrics to hire (at a nominal cost) for their most special occasion.”

The 2018 Camps Bay High School Wardrobe was officially launched on Tuesday 17 April. Some of the Grade 11 learners showed off some of the outfits available in a fashion showcase.

“We have already received some wonderful donations of outfits – some of which are genuine couture dresses from the likes of Jacques LaGrange, Jenni Button Philosophy, Warrick Gautier and Elrico Zarr. Most have only ever been worn once in fashion shoots or shows – we even have a dress that former Miss South Africa, Cindy Nell, wore – but we are still looking for more donations of suits or dresses to be included in the Camps Bay High School Wardrobe,” Bernal says.

Community members are asked to get involved by donating their gently worn evening and formal wear to this very special cause. Evening gowns, dresses, suits, dress shirts, ties, bags, shoes and accessories are all welcome donations. Donations can be dropped off at the Camps Bay High School reception before Thursday 11 May.

De Korte says: “As a local market leader in education, we are always looking for opportunities to enrich the lives of our learners and we hope that other schools will use our project as an example and recreate it at their schools. The project is still in its infancy but it has already proved to be very popular with both the learners and their parents.”

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