Saturday 5th November saw the 21st annual Recycled Fashion Show at St. Francis’ College. This long-standing event is a favourite in the College calendar, as the students have the opportunity to be fashion designers and models by creating and wearing outfits made entirely from recycled materials.
There were two shows, staged in the College theatre, to an audience of parents, staff and friends of the College. All proceeds from the event go to the Kanyike Project in Uganda. It will be a few weeks before the final total is known, but last year’s proceeds helped to buy an ultrasound scanner for the village maternity unit.
Both shows were stage-managed by the Year 12 students who worked tirelessly planning the scripts, decorations, lighting, filming and running order for the shows. It is to their credit that the shows had a professional quality.
The first show was costumes designed and made by all students in Years 7 & 8. The panel of fashion industry expert judges, Anna Cascarina of Little Flea Kids, Amy Wilson of Liliane Boutique, Jayne Smith of the University of Hertfordshire and Emily Jupp of Milly J Shoes, had an extremely tough job, but agreed that the overall winner was Katie Prichard, with Melody Chai and Hannah Chilton in second and third places. Further students received awards for excellence and there were also year-group winners.
“I had a wonderful time talking to the girls about their designs. It was obvious that they’d thought long and hard about what they wanted to produce and there was some really creative use of d
ifferent types of recycled materials. It was an incredibly hard decision. However, the chosen winners all stood out and put in that little bit extra to create exceptional results.” Anna Cascarina
“The creative standard expressed by the girls was truly impressive, showing that innovation and a bit of collaboration can create something truly unique and exciting!” Emily Jupp
The second show featured all girls in Year 9, the GCSE Art students in Years 10 and 11 and the A-level Art students in Year 12. It was themed the ‘Arthropod Parade’ and all costumes had a theme of creatures with segmented bodies!
Again the standard was extremely high and the judges, who consisted of Gareth Roberts, Fashion Designer and lecturer, Sue Scott Davidson, Broadway Theatre Creative Programmer, Deborah Campbell of DCA ethical womenswear label, again had a difficult task. The Year 9s were judged separately and their winner was Phoebe Bunce. The overall senior winner was Lucy Cole in Year 12, with the runner-up being Alice Sun and third place SuBeen Yoo, also both in Year 12. Again each year group had an overall winner.
“The standard was so high that, as judges, we did struggle to pick an overall winner and our top three were all worthy of the overall prize! The students made it very difficult for us! Excellent effort all around and a special mention should go to the students who put the show on: they were flawless in their introductions and general management of the show.” Deborah Campbell
Mrs Tabitha Wilson, Head of Art, said “The engagement in the Arts offers a wonderful exposure to develop and exercise creative problem-solving skills. It is a place for critical thinking, encouragement of personal expression and nurturing talent. This event encourages independence, determination and perseverance, as well as developing a huge appreciation for the much loved ‘glue gun’. It is so rewarding to see the culmination of everyone’s hard work in their stunning costumes.”