A Fashion Revival

Keen to challenge the notion of 'throwaway' fashion, personally I prefer to invest in quality rather than quantity. In a retail landscape dominated by transient trends and budget brands, I embrace the opportunity to accentuate the longevity and versatility of clothing.

Image by Talilla Henchoz

Thankfully I am not alone. Earlier this year 32 groups of first year fashion design students from Nottingham Trent University collaborated on a project with Oxfam; 32 bags of unwanted garments were donated to the fashion design department and the imaginative designers were inspired. They reinvented the odd shoes, random accessories, aged knitwear and worn denim, and transformed the original items to create a completely unique collection of stylish, wearable outfits. I was part of a select group of Fashion Communication and Promotion students who decided to organise a fashion event to showcase the remarkable outfits that were created.

A selection of garments from the show
Image by Elspeth Van Der Rohe

Organising the REVIVE Fashion Show was an amazing opportunity to produce a large-scale fashion event in collaboration with design students, and it was exciting to exhibit such an array of creative talent. The show proved that second hand clothes offer us endless opportunities to be more inventive with the clothes in our wardrobes, whilst limiting our impact on the environment and supporting local charities.

Image by Talilla Henchoz
The stunning church building of Pitcher and Piano provided the perfect setting for a fashion spectacle, and with live music, an Oxfam stall and a raffle the night was a big success. Having sent a press release to the Nottingham Post, I was delighted by their interest in the show, and it was very rewarding to see a spread about our event featured in the Weekend Magazine this morning. 

Spread in Nottingham Post

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