Currently, a few dozen restaurants and cafés located in Vilnius Old Town Glass Quarter are participating in the initiative - over 60 originally dressed mannequins have been placed at the unused indoor tables, filling the space between dining guests. The mannequins will showcase unique fashion pieces from 19 boutiques, featuring local fashion designers and brands. At each table, visitors will be able to find the information about the exhibited items and where each piece can be purchased. This way, restaurants expect to be able to maintain the required indoor social distancing while helping designers gain attention for this season's newest fashion trends.
The idea that unites art, fashion and food was fully supported by "IDW", one of Europe's leading high-quality mannequin manufacturers, which agreed to provide all the mannequins free of charge for the needed period of time.
"The fashion industry is particularly affected by the lockdown," said Julia Janus. "Local boutiques used to sell the niche, original pieces created by local designers. As they are currently closed due to the quarantine, designers do not have many opportunities to showcase their latest collections, and in general, the consumption is down. We hope that this campaign will move the waters and local designers will gain some visibility."
According to the fashion designer, those who have joined the campaign want to spread one clear message: "Crisis like this calls for all of us to unite and help each other - together, we can achieve much more than being alone."