Dress To Impress is a STEM Sisters initiative addressing the fashion norms that STEM women are expected to follow. We aim to identify and understand what immigrants or women of colour in STEM undergo while adhering to these established notions of professional attire. We also want to highlight the struggle related to dressing in a certain way to feel accepted and respected in a male-dominated industry. This initiative will boldly acknowledge the need for a sustainable circular fashion economy and raise awareness for environmentally-friendly alternatives to fast fashion. We are grateful to the City of Melbourne Waste minimisation and innovation fund 2021 for their support and for the mentoring and training provided by Circular Economy Victoria.
Dress to Impress will also participate in the Melbourne Fashion Week 2021, bringing the initiative to the forefront of the fashion world. Here, we plan to promote circular fashion by organising a clothes swap and donation event, providing access to high-quality professional outfits that accentuate the unique features of the participants and build a sense of confidence.
Through this initiative, we hope to create a welcoming and supportive community for immigrant women and international students. We encourage them to join us in our sustainability efforts.
TALKS AND DISCUSSIONS
- Women of Colour in STEM
- What concerns do STEM women of colour have
- The power of personal style
- The meaning and importance of sustainable fashion.
- Sustainable style
- Incorporating style personality into the workplace.
- Using personal style to lead.
Professional outfits are expensive and we need to wear them multiple times helps to justify the purchase but we love to have a new look always.
With a little creativity and inspiration, anyone can transform a pre-worn outfit into something new and fresh with a few inexpensive small changes. We will help you to go through your wardrobe and see what ideas you can come up with.
TALKS AND DISCUSSIONS
Fashion can come in different sizes but most fashion shows make you feel that fashion doesn’t come in all sizes, shapes, especially for CALD women.
So we going to have a CATWALK with Old, Young, Tall, Shorter, Skinny and a bit more Round women of Colour in STEM.
Sponsors and colloborators
Creating, promoting and conducting STEM Sisters initiatives would not be possible without sponsors, partners and supporters who just like you, care about a better future, and want to do something about it. We invite you to join us and support this one of a kind initiative, which we assure you will deliver an outstanding return on your investment and your organisation.
We can work together to achieve more and we are open to discussing different types of sponsorships with you individually. Our sponsors are important to us and we hope to grow strong and beneficial to the relationship that helps to support not only our community at STEM sisters but also your business and the STEM industry as a whole.
Acknowledgment of Country
STEM Sisters, recognises and respects the Ancestors, Elders and families of the Boonwurrung, Wadawurrung and Wurundjeri of the Kulin who are the traditional owners of land in Victoria.