Dresses to make dreams come true

Marlborough Midweek - - FRONT PAGE - PAULA HULBURT

A modern-day fairy god­mother is help­ing dreams come true this dance sea­son.

Blen­heim-based beau­ti­cian Jen­nifer Simp­son is do­nat­ing two full length ball gowns to girls who may not be able to go to the ball other­wise.

She has launched a search to find two wor­thy re­cip­i­ents and hopes peo­ple will nom­i­nate de­serv­ing stu­dents.

Simp­son says she wore the dresses, worth about $300 in to­tal, for her own school for­mal in 2014 and to a dance at the end of her first year in ter­tiary ed­u­ca­tion.

‘‘They are spe­cial dresses and de­serve more than just sit­ting in my wardrobe not see­ing the light of the day,

‘‘I did think of sell­ing them on but then I thought it’d be bet­ter to give the dresses away to some­one who re­ally needs them - some­one who might not be able to go to their for­mal other­wise,’’ she says.

The school for­mal is the high­light of the so­cial cal­en­dar but with gowns cost­ing an av­er­age of around $150 it can also be the most ex­pen­sive.

Best suited to a size 8, though one can be ad­justed, the dresses both fea­ture in­tri­cate bead­ing and are made from chif­fon.

Simp­son wore the cham­pagne coloured dress to her for­mal.

‘‘The for­mal was a re­ally big deal for me when I was at school and I hope to find some­one who may not be able to buy a dress who wants to go to theirs.

‘‘I just re­ally like the idea that some­one else can en­joy wear­ing them too,’’ she says.

The for­mer Marl­bor­ough Girls’ Col­lege stu­dent went on to study beauty ther­apy at Nel­son Marl­bor­ough In­sti­tute of Tech­nol­ogy’s Blen­heim cam­pus.

She says while both dresses hold spe­cial mem­o­ries for her, she has no qualms about gift­ing them on.

‘‘I hope when it comes to it that I will be able to hand them over,’’ she jokes.

To ex­press an in­ter­est in one of the dresses or nom­i­nate a stu­dent, email jen­nifer­gsimp­son@hot­mail.com

Both Marl­bor­ough Boys’ and Marl­bor­ough Girls’ Col­leges hold a com­bined for­mal every year and in 2016 Marl­bor­ough Girls’ Col­lege launched an ini­tia­tive for girls to bor­row a do­nated gown.

This year’s for­mal is sched­uled to take place in Septem­ber.

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