What: 100 Dresses for Little Dresses for Africa is a community service event which
involves the making of clothing for children in Africa and other countries. Volunteers collectively assist with the simple and basic production of these garments.
Who: Womenswear brand Gwen Beloti Collection in support of not for profit
organization Little Dresses for Africa (LDFA) organizes a group of volunteers to assist with making practical yet cute dresses for little girls and now shorts for boys. With the assistance of the community and volunteers from across the tri-state area who have an interest in giving back, fashion, or both the group gathers to support the cause.
Why: Gwen Beloti Collection founded in 2008 has collaborated with the founder of
LDFA Rachel O’Neill on small projects over the years in support of the organization. This project specifically, 100 Dresses for LDFA, organized by Gwen Beloti is a result of a pledge Gwen made on Giving Tuesday the past two years. Giving Tuesday is recognized as the national day of service. In 2014-2015 Gwen Beloti pledged to make 100 dresses for LDFA. This year the volunteers will not only be making dresses for girls but shorts for boys as well.
How: Collectively a group of devoted volunteers gather to achieve a goal, the making of
necessary garments for children in Africa, dresses for girls and shorts for boys. This team of volunteers use simple and basic sewing and design techniques to put together the dresses and shorts. They are an integral part of a casual and fun assembly line which consists of various stations supervised by station leaders. Each station has a very specific and vital set of tasks, starting with cutting all the way to embellishing and pressing. The motivation is the goal at hand, a count is kept throughout the day of the number of pieces made thus far and the volunteers work accordingly.
The volunteers use trimmings such as laces, buttons, pockets, bows and ribbons to decorate the dresses formerly pillowcases. What starts out as a simple, plain not very exciting bed decor because a wearable piece of clothing made with love. Every volunteer whether they have a design background or not serves in a designer capacity on this day.
When: Saturday, June 25th 2016, 10am to 1pm (morning session), 2pm to 5pm
Where: BAX Brooklyn Arts Exchange, Brooklyn NY
About Gwen Beloti Collection
Gwen Beloti Collection (gwenbeloti.com) is a small womenswear company based out of NYC producing a select number of pieces per collection offering its customer a degree of exclusivity. An intimate brand catering to a style conscious community. Signatures of the designer, who launched in 2008, include flattering feminine silhouettes, fun yet timeless sophistication that easily translates from day to night. Gwen Beloti has been recognized for her philanthropic efforts which include Fashionably Smart, Literally, Prom Dress to Impress, and affiliation with Little Dresses for Africa (LDFA).
About Little Dresses for Africa
LDFA is a Christian based organization that provides relief to children in Africa and other countries across the world. LDFA distributes dresses made out of pillowcases to orphanages; churches and schools to bring promise and hope to young girls. To date, LDFA has received well over 300,000 little dresses and distributed to 31 countries in Africa.