You may already have encountered Frocktober, a fund-raising and awareness-raising initiative for the Ovarian Cancer Research Foundation.
A striking statistic is that, across Australia, “One woman dies every ten hours from ovarian cancer… for many women with ovarian cancer, the disease is already well advanced when they are first diagnosed”.
Unfortunately, there is currently no screening test for ovarian cancer. Frocktober aims to help improve the outlook for women with the disease by supporting the quest for a suitable early detection test, through fundraising for the OCRF.
Canberra-based vintage charm and deportment teachers Darla and Blossom of The Darling Sisters, who can also be seen around town selling vintage-style fashion and accessories at events such as the Fash’n Treasure Markets, have decided it would be wrong not to participate in such a good cause.
As we both own a good number of frocks (some would say too many – but they would be wrong), we have decided to bump up the challenge level by spending the whole of Frocktober in the Forties. This is in recognition of our female forebears who coped with a very difficult time with courage and style – and Frocktober definitely celebrates the courage and style of women during difficult times.
Apart from the fashion, we have decided to road-test aspects of the forties lifestyle. Making Do, Eating (and gardening) for Victory, doing our best to save precious resources.
You can follow our daily adventures on our blog at www.thedarlingsisters.com. And if you see two ladies walking the streets of Canberra looking like extras from The Sullivans … come and say hello.
At the end of the month, look out for a fantastic public clothing swap, hosted by the Darling Sisters and some of the fabulous Frockettes from Canberra’s collecting institutions. Bring your old secondhand clothes (gentlemen’s, ladies’ and kiddies’ all good), pay an entry donation and rummage, rummage, rummage to your heart’s content. Who knows what treasures you’ll find? Darla will be running a Make Do and Mend workshop to help you revamp and customise your treasures, plus live music, a photo booth and other delights to keep things fun.
Watch this space for more information …