On Thursday the 15th of November, our first year BA (Hons) Fashion Management students launched an exhibition which showcased affordable style and charity chic.
The project formed part of the Managing in the Fashion Industry module and the students were split into teams, assigned a charity shop and given £10 to spend on an outfit, create a theme and showcase these, alongside their charity’s mission, as part of a two week exhibition. The charities which were showcased are: Barnardo’s; British Heart Foundation; Cancer Research UK; Cats Protection; Chest Heart and Stroke; CLAN; New Hope Trust; Oxfam; PDSA; Save the Children; Shelter; and Sue Ryder Care.
At the exhibition launch, the students engaged in fundraising initiatives, including selling homemade cupcakes, customised pens, tea and lemonade. In some cases, teams had customised their garment – in an affordable and manageable way – and some teams even managed to successfully auction off their outfit to exhibition guests – with all proceeds going to their assigned charity.