On Thursday 23 February, students and staff from GCU London came together for an evening of fashion fun, as GCU London held its first ever Charity Fashion Catwalk.
The evening was organised by the GCU London Common Good student society that allows students and staff teams to battle it out on the catwalk, all in the name of charity.
Students and staff from five teams used clothes from charity shop Scope to create some fantastic outfits to show off on the catwalk and raised an incredible £600.15, which will be donated to the charity Dress for Success.
Student group named ‘The Swatches’ were the crowned winners on the evening by judges, including student Flemming Hansen, Luxury Lecturer Tim Jackson and two employees from local charity, Dress for Success. The group secured tickets to London Fashion Week as a prize.
The judges particularly liked the showmanship from the group which included students Stella, Milly and Suthini. Alongside their brilliant outfits and makeup, the performance included a light show with their mobile phones and they revealed messages, says ‘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 raised through a charity auction after the catwalk had finished. Luxury branded clothes, such as Gucci and Chanel, had been donated by Dress for Success and were put up for auction to the audience.
Nele Odzcuk, leader of the ‘Common Good’ society and organiser of the evening, commented “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 GCU London common good society is looking forward to future work with the Dress for Success charity organisation at the power of women awards.
“The charity fashion show should not be seen as a one-time big 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 and 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 real night to remember.”
Flemming Hansen, Fashion Design and Management graduate, organiser and judge, said: “I feel honoured that I got the chance to be a part of the jury for this remarkable project. All participants were really engaged and so many managed to push their own boundaries and extended their confidence on this blue carpet of success”
Scarlett Hooper, Students’ Association Co-ordinator at GCU 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 the student groups that were able to use something simple as a shirt or a dress and turn it into something extraordinary – I really was blown over by all the group’s creativity.”
Congratulations to everybody who was involved with such a fantastic event.
Take a look at all the photos from the evening on our Facebook page.