Same Dress Spokane brings together photographers to explore creativity while raising funds for Spokane Humane Society

Depending on the lighting, the dress is either a vibrant yellow or a deep, dusky gold. There’s a slit up one thigh and spaghetti straps that lend it a delicate look. But that’s where the similarities end in the photographs taken by a dozen local photographers as part of the Same Dress Spokane initiative.

The goal is to let each photographer and their model experiment with different ways to showcase the same dress. This year’s entries are now available on the Same Dress Spokane Facebook page.

The Same Dress Spokane annual tradition started four years ago after photographer Rachel Fellows bought a black, sparkly dress at a local thrift store.

“I stared at it and couldn’t figure out what I wanted to do with it,” she said.

Wondering what some of her fellow photographers would do with the ideas, Fellows reached out to them to ask.

“We had so much fun doing it,” she said. “At the end, it was just a really great time to see what everyone came up with.”

The tradition has continued every year since, though in the second year it was turned into a fundraiser for the Spokane Humane Society.

After the dress spends a week with each photographer getting its moment to shine, it is auctioned off with the proceeds going to the Humane Society. Information about the auction is also on the Same Dress Spokane Facebook page.

Fellows said many of her fellow photographers are animal lovers. A couple of this year’s Same Dress Spokane photos include dogs.

“I’m a big animal lover,” she said. “It just seemed like the right place for the money to go.”

Fellows said she spends the winter scouring local thrift stores and consignment shops looking for the perfect dress. She looks for a nice dress that isn’t

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