Students and staff unite for Charity Catwalk

28 February 2017

Students and staff came together for an evening of fashion fun as GCU London held its inaugural Charity Fashion Catwalk.

The evening, which was organised by the student-run Common Good Society, allowed students and staff teams to battle it out on the catwalk, all in the name of charity.

Five student and staff teams used clothes from charity shop Scope to create outfits for the catwalk and, in doing so, raised £600, which will be donated to the Dress for Success charity.

Student group The Swatches was crowned the winner on the evening by a panel of judges that included student Flemming Hansen, lecturer Tim Jackson and two employees from Dress for Success. The group won tickets to London Fashion Week.

The judges particularly liked the showmanship from the group, which included students Phattaranan Ruamchai, Szu-Min Huang, Suthini Tanangsnakool.

Alongside outfits and makeup, the performance included a light show with mobile phones which revealed messages including ‘Love has no Colour’ and ‘We are Human Colour’.

Dress for Success, a charity that provides professional clothing, interview training and a support network to help women thrive in work and in life, supported the evening and spoke to students before the event.

As well as ticket sales, the total was added to via an auction after the catwalk had finished. Luxury-branded clothes, such as by Gucci and Chanel, had been donated by Dress for Success and were bid for by the audience.

Nele Odzcuk, leader of the Common Good Society and event organiser, said: “The charity fashion show really enabled both students and staff to work on something amazing together in order to contribute to a good cause that is very much in line with our values and beliefs at GCU London.

“The charity fashion show should not be seen as a one-time success, but as the starting point for many other successful GCU London charity events to come in the future.”

Ruth Cawthorne, GCU London Common Good Champion, also praised the student and staff collaboration. She said: “It is fantastic that both staff and students are making such a big contribution to the common good mission. Overall, a fun time was had by all − it was a night to remember.”

Judge Flemming Hansen, a fashion design and management graduate of Akademie JAK, said: “I feel honoured that I got the chance to be a part of the panel for this remarkable project. All participants were really engaged and so many managed to push their own boundaries and extended their confidence.”

Scarlett Hooper, Students’ Association Co-ordinator at London, was delighted with the turnout of students and staff. She said: “This is the first of many events to come from the Common Good Society, raising money for such a brilliant cause. Most of all, I really was blown away by the entire group's creativity.”

The event took place on Thursday, February 23. 

Take a look at all the photos from the evening on our Facebook page.