Harrow women delight in visit from style icon Chrissy Keepence

RENOWNED vintage stylist and founder of Lindy Charm School Chrissy Keepence brought all things vintage to Harrow at the weekend.

The Bay Riders Community Centre organised for Chrissy Keepence to visit Harrow to deliver a community health session for the Harrow Bush Nursing Centre followed by two days of vintage makeover and photography.

Chrissy has been featured on 60 Minutes and ABC news documenting how she undertook a preventative mastectomy and hysterectomy after finding out she and her two sisters inherited the BRCA gene mutation.

She originally drew her inspiration from the iconic style of pin-up models and the rockabilly movement of the 1950s.

Bright red lips, pin curls and vintage dresses are Ms Keepence’s uniform, and now she holds workshops around the country sharing her wisdom and teaching young women ‘poise, charm and posture’.

As a swing dancer she learned tricks of the trade from those who lived through the period, picking up tips from women at the nursing homes she once performed in.

Chrissy said she was pleased to come to the tiny, remote town of Harrow.

Bay Riders Community Centre coordinator Lynne Beaton described the weekend as fabulous, remarking that all the women involved in the makeovers and photo shoot had an experience they would always remember.

“We were very fortunate to have Chrissy come to Harrow,” Lynne said.

“Fourteen women had the wonderful opportunity to learn vintage hair and make-up styling and seven women were styled hair and make-up by Chrissy and dressed in vintage clothing by Jenny Porter of the Jack’s Daughter label from Cavendish for the photo shoot.

“The ambience of the township of Harrow, being very historical, was a perfect setting for the photo shoots.

“It was a great weekend, full of laughter which we plan on doing again.”

Harrow Bush Nursing Centre acting manager Ann Vaughan was also pleased with the turnout for the community health session ‘Living beyond cancer’ on Friday night, which included a light supper.

“Chrissy was an inspirational speaker sharing openly her journey of having several family members pass away due to cancer and how she has worked through the process of grief and loss as well as the challenges and importance of advance care planning and palliative care,” Ann said.

“Chrissy’s story has been an inspiration to us all and we are very grateful she was able to come to Harrow to share it with us.”

The Harrow Bush Nursing Centre was supported by a grant from Grampians Region Palliative Care Consortium to assist in bringing Chrissy from Sydney to Harrow and in particular speak about advance care planning.

For further information, phone the Harrow Bush Nursing Centre on 5588 2000 or email [email protected]



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