Elderly models far from old-fashioned

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 31 July, 2011, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 31 July, 2011, 12:00am


There may have been more emphasis on comfort than style, but 20 rather mature catwalk models showed that age is no object to looking good.

Postgraduates from Polytechnic University's Institute of Textiles and Clothing joined hands with the Brotherhood Charity Foundation to hold the fashion show for a group of active elderly people yesterday at the Kowloon Technical School in Sham Shui Po.

The models for the 48 outfits ranged from their late fifties to 88-year-old Chiang Kin-ping.

And what they lacked in catwalk skills was more than compensated for by the delight on their faces.

'My outfits today are the most beautiful ones I've ever tried in my entire life,' Chiang said. 'I seldom dress up and this is so much fun.'

He said the young designers were truly dedicated and he had been pleasantly surprised by the harmony between the generations.

Another model, 63-year-old Leung King-foon - who always tries to keep up with the latest trends - said age was no barrier to looking your best.

'I'm a beauty addict still. We shouldn't be ashamed to dress up, no matter how old we are,' she said.

Raymond Au, ITC associate head and associate professor, said he hoped to instil a sense of social responsibility into his students.

'Apart from embedding themselves in their studies, they take a wider look at ageing society by better understanding the needs of the elderly.' The executive director of the Brotherhood Charity Foundation, Elton Lam, said the event could boost old people's self-esteem and encourage them to lead a more energetic life.

'Walk into most fashion shops in the city and you hardly spot any nice garments that cater for the elderly.

'Society neglects the fact that old people also have the right to look pretty,' Lam said. 'It's a valuable opportunity for us to show that we still care and respect those who contributed so much to today's world.'

Lillian Kan, one of the 24 young designers, said her creations were a far cry from her usual racy outfits, but she was pleased they had cheered up her elderly models.

'I came to realise there is actually a market for the elderly in the fashion world. I might try to work on more designs for this age range,' Kan said.