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Power and Revolution: Recycled Fashion Show at St Christopher School

24 February, 2018

On Saturday 24 February 2018 students from schools across Hertfordshire took part in the 24th annual Recycled Fashion Show at St Christopher School in Letchworth.

The catwalk show featured over 70 costumes designed, made and modelled by students from Whitehill Junior School (Hitchin), The William Ransom Primary School (Hitchin), Wilbury Junior School (Letchworth) Knights Templar School (Baldock), the BRIT School (London) and junior and senior school pupils from St Christopher School (Letchworth).

The theme for this year’s show was Power and Revolution.

Between one and four students formed the design team for each costume, and spent weeks designing and creating them using recycled materials.

An expert judging panel picked a selection of winners from different age categories.

This year’s panel comprised: Luella Bartley, global design director of Calvin Klein jeans and creative director of Hillier Bartley; Jonathan Miller, visiting lecturer at the University of Hertfordshire and specialist in visual identity, information design and design management; Daily Hill, luxury marketing associate at Ralph Lauren; Laura May Paine, stylist and clothing designer.

Winners included a costume, including shoes, made of human hair (Best Use of Recycled Materials) a golden cycle helmet and trousers made of surgical gloves (Winner – Lower School Category) and a dress made from fruit nets (Winner – Junior School Category)

On the day the students put together hair, make up and accessories to complete the finished look for the show, which was accompanied by live music in the St Chris theatre.

Richard Palmer, head of St Chris said: “The standard from this year’s competition was extremely high from all the schools who took part. The children had great fun with this year’s theme, Power and Revolution.

The creativity shown and the detailing on some of the costumes was incredible including an outfit made entirely of matches portraying Guy Fawkes; a portable guillotine – complete with fake head – and a rocket costume made from baked and painted crisp packets.

The Show is a great example of how art and creativity can be used to inspire young people to investigate and learn about a wide range of topics, and how fundamental it should be to a school’s curriculum.” Proceeds from this year’s show are being donated to Amnesty International.

Over 40 of the best costumes will be displayed in an exhibition at the Letchworth Community Museum until Sunday 11 March, which is free and open to the public.


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