Similar Gown Spokane combines vogue, images to boost funds for charity


Spokane Valley’s Rachel Fellows was searching for a group of photographers when three years in the past she created the Similar Gown Spokane images undertaking.

She discovered it, after which some.

The undertaking challenges photographers to do a photograph shoot centered on a costume Fellows supplies. Every particular person works with the costume for one week after which palms it off to the following photographer.

This 12 months, 12 members have signed up. Together with Fellows, the photographers are Gavin James, of Deer Park; Paul Brousseau, of Publish Falls; Jason Jakober, of Coeur d’Alene; and Lisa Pipella, John Austin, Mike Wolfgram, Chris Wooley, Tabor Cote, Jake Donovan, Lynne Morris and Scott Martinez, all of Spokane.

Members should comply with hold their work secret till the “share date” however can present behind-the scenes pictures within the meantime.

The undertaking started in Could and culminates Aug. 14 on a social media blast. A weeklong public sale for the costume follows. Discover the hyperlinks on Fb at Similar Gown Spokane. Among the pictures can be displayed within the Voice sections of The Spokesman-Assessment.

“The inspiration for the undertaking was to see how every of us seen the identical frequent object, the costume, and what inspiration, creativity and premise it sparked in us all.

“It’s so nice to see the range that all of us provide you with and the way every of us create completely different photos with the frequent thread (no pun meant),” Fellows stated in an e-mail.

Fellows stated the noncompetitive nature of the undertaking helps promote a shared curiosity within the artwork of images. It additionally helps forge new friendships.

Inspired by the response to the undertaking after the primary 12 months, Fellows added a charitable part the second 12 months and is bringing again the public sale.

“The best bidder received an attractive robe that has an incredible historical past and story, and 100% of the proceeds from the public sale went to the Spokane Humane Society,” Fellows stated of final 12 months’s public sale.

The animal shelter has been chosen once more to obtain the proceeds.

This 12 months’s costume is “a long-sleeved, very metallic silver robe, glossy and flowy,” Fellows stated.

Fellows discovered the costume at Union Gospel Mission thrift retailer in Spokane Valley for below $10 – additionally her value restrict. Within the first 12 months, she discovered a costume at a flea market in Greenacres; the second 12 months at Goodwill.

“It’s a complete experiment and actually a problem to do a photograph shoot with a garment you didn’t select,” Fellows stated.

However the photographers decide to the undertaking.

“There’s part of me that desires to be evil and select an ’80s costume with the shoulder pads and ribbon on the butt,” Fellows stated, laughing.

Fellows is a passion photographer when she’s not working as a dental workplace supervisor.

Final 12 months, the public sale raised $595 for the Spokane Humane Society.

“We will do higher,” she stated.

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