The story of The Olga Dress, designed by my dear friend Di Utton, was inspired by a strong and beautiful woman!

The Olga Dress - Empowering hard-working women from Off The Rails Fashionista

It’s all in the name – OLGA (Russian) means FEMININE, BLESSED and HOLY and is also the name of Di’s beloved housekeeper who happens to embody all these words.

The idea behind The Olga Dress was born out of the notion that Di wanted Olga to look and feel good about the fact that she holds down one of the most important jobs in this country.

Olga rises early every day, many times before anyone else. She prepares her own household for the day before commuting to work, often on public transport, to care for someone else’s home.

Ladies, this is your Domestic Worker, one of the most underestimated job of which there are one million in South Africa today. We “Ollie” (Olga) to know that her job and that of every other worker in her position is of importance to all of us who employs the likes of such strong women.

Why not make women like Olga feel good about themselves and provide confidence in their title?

The first time she put on The Olga Dress she was so thrilled she went outside and modelled it for Benjamin, Di’s trusty gardener. Our hearts burst with joy when she also told him, “Benjamin, I’m no longer a domestic worker, I’m a Business Woman!”.

The Olga Dress - Empowering hard-working women from Off The Rails Fashionista
The Olga Dress - Empowering hard-working women from Off The Rails Fashionista

The Olga Dress can be made in an array of beautiful fabric colours and prints.

The Olga Dress - Empowering hard-working women from Off The Rails Fashionista

I purchased one of these amazing dresses for my beloved Alice and she looks stunning! I also purchased a long sleeve top and tights from H&M at a decent price which can be worn underneath the dress for warmth on these cooler days.

The Olga Dress also comes with a matching headscarf!

The women who make these Olga dresses are invaluable. Having been retrenched from what used to be a flourishing textile and clothing industry, they now work from home in their own communities relying and depending on the little work that comes their way. They are highly skilled and have an amazing work ethic.

If you’d like to purchase or order one of these stunning dresses, please contact Di Utton via email: diutton@abtmail.co.za

We see this project as an upliftment all round, supporting the work of all these incredible women involved, and empowering them in a dress which makes them feel feminine, fabulous and blessed.

Yours in fashion,

Julie