Dress To Impress is a STEM Sisters initiative addressing the fashion norms that STEM women of colour are following to feel accepted and respected in a male-dominated industry. We aim to identify and understand what immigrants or women of colour in STEM undergo while adhering to these established notions of professional attire. 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 effort.

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SATURDAY 20TH NOVEMBER
2 PM TO 5 PM

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LIVE STREAM FROM
LIBRARY AT THE DOCK

Program

Our official Dress to Impress debut began on November 20th, 2021, and was a big success overall. The evening began with our four panellists from STEM and sustainable fashion giving us an overview of the situations women of color are forced to suffer due to numerous unaccustomed cultural norms and how recognizing the stigma can be leveraged to reduce garment waste. The event also included a restyling demonstration, in which Bella To demonstrated how to create various looks with a single item, followed by a brief fashion show featuring women of colour of diverse nationalities, sizes, and colours.

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.

restyling demo

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. 

FASHION SHOW

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. 

launch event highlights

Sponsors and colloborators

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.

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