Charity | Posted 23.02.2015

Some of Stonyhurst’s IB students are organising a fashion show with a difference. Messalina Morley and Karla Jansen are ‘upcycling’ clothes donated by Stonyhurst staff to create original and inventive new outfits; the results of their creative talents can be seen when the new clothes are modelled by students later this term. Long skirts have been transformed into short ones, sometimes making 2-piece outfits from the extra fabric, and the girls have cleverly combined contrasting textures from over 50 donated garments. In addition to these unique creations, clothes from Clitheroe’s La Tete et Tout, Aid UK and Love Fashion jewellery will be on display.  One of the highlights of the show will be a dress designed and made by Aitana Giebels Van Bekestein, who hopes to pursue a career in fashion, and this will be auctioned at the end of the evening.

The fashion show is on Saturday March 7th in the Academy Room. Doors open at 6.30pm for drinks and canapés and the show will begin at 7pm. After the show, the audience will have the opportunity to browse and buy clothing and the evening will also include a raffle and auction. Tickets cost £10 and include refreshments at the beginning of the evening.

All of the money raised will go to Chirwirangwe, Stonyhurst’s partnership with a Jesuit school in Zimbabwe; the money will help to fund scholarships for students at the school. Messalina said: “I chose to support Chirwirangwe because it has always inspired me. I love Stonyhurst’s connection with a school in Zimbabwe – it represents the school’s ethos of ‘men and women for others’ one hundred percent.”

The fashion show forms the IB’s ‘Creative, Action, Service’ component (or ‘CAS’) for Messalina, who is in Rhetoric (year 13). This is a co-curricular package that fosters student initiative; IB students are required to undertake projects connected with all 3 of these, and one major project of about 6-8 months duration which incorporates at least 2.

Messalina’s other topic last year was boys’ ballet classes: she taught a group of 8 boys for almost a year and their hard work culminated in the school’s production of Hansel and Gretel!

The girls very much hope you will join them on March 7th, to support their work and that of Chirwirangwe!

Tickets can be obtained from Reception: 01254 826345


Photography: Silvia Zhu (Rhetoric)