Agreed on many counts! We apologize for any negativity - after conversation/work with multiple people involved we tried to get this comment deleted.
FYI we had/have a lot of support for what we tried to present as a respectful protest to how this event was MARKETED. We have no issue with the event happening and even offered a lot of advice to organizers prior to, up until the point that it would be a conflict of interest.
We 100% support Bridge House and also the great NOLA community of organizers/volunteers/designers. We were encouraged by MANY of those people to present our p.o.v. about this in this context - we regret that we didn't just let it go. We are also very very glad that this event was a success for Bridge House - this can only be good for ALL OF US.
Live and learn! That's what we're here (on this planet) for -
(oh, just to be clear: many of us Worn Again'ers have been here for decades ---
As one of the Directors of WORN AGAIN nola, New Orleans' premier recycled fashion show in its 4th year, I commend The Bridge House for investing in and supporting recycled creativity. The WORN AGAIN thesis (creating wearable fashion from cast off clothes) is essentially universal and makes great sense in New Orleans, with our off the charts creative culture. We are thrilled that the community of people devoted to creative fundraising and recycling is growing and hope that The Bridge House's event is a smashing success.
However it is very important that the promoters of their event and the writers covering it not delude readers, participants and/or donors that this event is happening in a vacuum. The Bridge House's event is not "THE" Recycled Fashion Show and saying otherwise threatens the 4 years of very hard work that Team Worn again has generously devoted to New Orleans. For three years, WORN AGAIN kept Recycle For The Arts fiscally afloat and this year WORN AGAIN will benefit Press Street, a community based publishing house that hosts numerous events supporting the creative culture of our city.
Given that The Bridge House recycled fashion show is a virtual carbon copy of WORN AGAIN nola (which has been highly publicized, in The Gambit no less) it is crucial that readers and supporters understand the relationship between the two events, to insure that no conflict is created when WORN AGAIN is held again this year (July 24th at The Howlin Wolf). We are very aware that The Bridge House fundraiser organizers are conscious of WORN AGAIN, given that they contacted us hoping to solicit donations from us. Though we can't demand that "credit be given where credit is due" we can encourage everyone involved, especially The Gambit's reporters, to practice responsible journalism and be sure to investigate and articulate how the events are connected as well as our differences.
As to those differences, we encourage folks to visit our myspace and facebook pages (WORN AGAIN nola) to read of our tried and true thesis and fundraising practices. Beyond that, we dearly hope that The Bridge House's co-opting of the WORN AGAIN concept will not dilute the WORN AGAIN experience, for our designers, donors and recipient non-profit organization. Though New Orleans is a very cosmopolitan city it is still a small community and we would not want the similarities between the two events to jeopardize either.
TEAM WORN AGAIN
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