Margo Wall, Hilda Fixter, Kate Collier and Lorraine Dean from the Irresistible Red Hat Society will model 10 Decades of Fashion for International Women’s Day.
Margo Wall, Hilda Fixter, Kate Collier and Lorraine Dean from the Irresistible Red Hat Society will model 10 Decades of Fashion for International Women’s Day. Claudia Baxter

Fashion and faux pas go on parade

FROM the days when hippie fashion was all the rage to the colour and big hair of the ’80s, Ipswich women are encouraged to let their fashion run wild on March 8 as they celebrate international womanhood.

To mark the 100th anniversary of International Women’s Day, local fundraising identity Elsie Denham has organised the Ipswich Celebrates 10 Decades of Fashion event.

Mrs Denham said prizes would be awarded for best dressed, with fashion judged by Ipswich businesswoman Gaye Anderson and Mayoress Janet Pisasale.

She said it was hoped the day would help relieve the tension felt in the aftermath of January’s floods.

“With it being 100 years, we thought we could team it with fashion and do something fun,” Mrs Denham said.

“Women are invited to dress up in any of the 10 decades and come along.”

Guest speakers on the day will include St George-based doctor Desley Marshall and Tully-based organic beef producer Kerry Jonsson.

Mrs Denham said the day aimed to promote what women had done, were doing and could do.

“The speakers show that it is not impossible to break into a man’s world,” she said.

“Kerry Jonsson and her daughter have definitely done that.”

Proceeds from the day benefit the Royal Flying Doctor Service of Australia, with donations also being taken on the day for the Premier’s Disaster Relief Appeal.

Tickets are $32 each or $300 for a table of 10 and include a two-course lunch and morning tea.

The day starts at 10am at the Masonic Hall on the corner of Roderick and Nicholas streets.

 For more information, contact 0448 212 265 or email elsiedenham@yahoo.com



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