STYLISH TRIO: The model on the left is in Monique Hope’s creation from her label Chip the Teacup, while the right and middle models wear Miss Mildred pieces by Jennifer McLennan (right).
STYLISH TRIO: The model on the left is in Monique Hope’s creation from her label Chip the Teacup, while the right and middle models wear Miss Mildred pieces by Jennifer McLennan (right).

Back Alley Gallery now in vogue for fashion event Thread

UPDATE: TICKET prices for the Thread fashion event have been reduced to $50 for seated tickets and $30 for standing tickets. Tickets for people aged under 18 are now $40 seated or $20 standing.

Seated tickets include canapes and drinks.

Original report: LISMORE'S off-kilter sartorial splendour is part of our city's endearing attraction, according to local designer Jennifer McLennan, who will be showing her vintage-inspired Miss Mildred collection at the inaugural Thread 2014 event at the Back Alley Gallery.

The retired deputy principal, who swapped the classroom for the sewing room recently, says her bright, vintage-inspired fashion label, which shirks mainstream fashion in favour of natural fibres and classic post-war cuts, reflects our small city's idiosyncratic personality.

"I think Lismore is wonderful," she said. "Everywhere you look there are people who develop their own character."

Thread 2014 will showcase 20 local designers against the urban Back Alley Gallery. It has attracted former Big Brother host and fashionista Gretel Killeen as the celebrity MC.

The inaugural fashion spectacular on Saturday, October 11, will also feature local retailers with new-season looks as well as fashions by young up-and-coming designers from TAFE's Fashion and Costume Course.

Joining Killeen will be social media sensations the No Frills Twins plus Byron's Dancing Man and happiness generator, the inspiring Tommy Franklin.

It's hoped Thread will become an annual event. There will be stars, fashion, champagne, canapes, music, friends and fun. Proceeds from the night will support local charity Under the Red Dress, an organisation dedicated to raising awareness about cancer and helping female cancer survivors with body image issues and wellbeing. The new event is supported by the Lismore Business Panel, Lismore City Council, the Stella Network and the Lismore Chamber of Commerce.

Tickets are $100 seated and $65 standing.

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