The 101 year old dancer inspiring fashion

A 101-year-old dancer collaborated with a Sydney fashion designer to fund a program of creative immersion in aged care facilities across Australia.

Eileen Kramer models scarf designed in collaboration with Brigid McLaughlin; Photo Cybele Malinowski

Eileen Kramer can’t get old. ‘When you’re creating, you’re always doing something new. It’s the opposite of old,’ she says.

Kramer –  a choreographer, dancer, designer – and author is 101. She returned to Australia at age 99 after living in America for many years, choosing to reside in Sydney’s hipster hub of Chippendale where she discovered a fashion scene that instantly engaged her.

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Gina Fairley is ArtsHub's National Visual Arts Editor. For a decade she worked as a freelance writer and curator across Southeast Asia and was previously the Regional Contributing Editor for Hong Kong based magazines Asian Art News and World Sculpture News. Prior to writing she worked as an arts manager in America and Australia for 14 years, including the regional gallery, biennale and commercial sectors. She is based in Mittagong, regional NSW. Twitter: @ginafairley Instagram: fairleygina