Last week saw South Thames College students from a variety of courses come together for the end of year charity fashion show. South Thames College partnered with a local South London charity, Wandsworth Oasis, who are celebrating 30 years of HIV support and prevention through its 10 South London charity shops and fundraising events.
The event showcased the type of sustainable fashion that can be re-used and upcycled, a very topical subject with retail brands continuously being scrutinised for fast fashion and the effect this has on the environment.
It was a truly collaborative effort as students from a range of courses were involved in the show, gaining invaluable first-hand experience of event production. The Art & Design students worked on style redesign of the clothes which were exhibited on the night with Beauty & Media Make up students styling the models. Construction students built the stage and the TV & Film Production students filmed throughout the event.
The event was opened by Gill Perkins from the Wandsworth Oasis Charity with closing remarks from Councillor Jane Cooper, Mayor of Wandsworth, a range of local businesses were in attendance.
Gill Perkins of Wandsworth Oasis commented “It was an absolute pleasure to work in conjunction with South Thames College for the first joint fashion show on Wednesday 12th June 2019. Clothes upcycled and repurposed from one of our charity shops on Garratt Lane were showcased by the students in fabulous style. We are always wanting to highlight the importance of Charity Shops – a sustainable alternative to ‘Fast Fashion’. This was certainly showcased and it was truly inspiring to see such talent from all the students involved.’
The event gave students valuable insight into real life event production, Denise Scott-Brown, who is studying H.E. Access Fashion commented, “Taking part in the Fashion Show made me realize – You can live your dream!’