Annual Charity Fashion Catwalk with Dress for Success

By Eva Koleckova (GCU London Common Good Champion)

GCU London student model participants at the Charity Fashion Catwalk

What’s new on the Common Good and fashion front? The Common Good Student Society held its annual event: Charity Fashion Catwalk. The event was held on Thursday 22 February 2018, with tickets costing £5 and all proceeds going to Dress for Success (DfS); the charity chosen by students.

Students showcasing African-patterned inspired pieces

This year the audience cheered for 3 student teams, each one working with a different theme. We saw clothes heavily influenced by the traditional patterns of Africa, a team showcasing different shapes and shades of denim head to toe, and the winning team exploring the different meanings of “trans” – transnational, transgendered, transformation!

The winning team!

The best team chosen by an expert panel won tickets to London Fashion Week Festival in February. This year’s extra creative input was recognized by the panel who decided to announce an additional individual award for Ahmed Najath (MSc Luxury Brand Marketing) who modelled a handmade denim jacket designed by a fellow GCU London student. Ahmed also received a gift voucher from GCU London’s graduate and former Common Good Student Society leader Nele Odzuck (MBA Luxury Brand Management) who is currently working within digital marketing at Urban Outfitters.

Ahmed Najath leads a team with a focus on denim wear

Part of the evening was a presentation of Dress for Success and their biggest achievements in 2017. After the main show, the event continued with the sale of designer clothes, shoes and accessories donated by supporters of DfS.

The deciding panel was made up of judges from Dress for Success, former Common Good Society leader, Nele Odzuck and our MSc International Fashion Marketing Programme Leader Dr Ruth Marciniak

Dr Dina Khalifa (British School of Fashion Lecturer) comments:

“The Annual Charity Fashion Catwalk is one of my favourite events at GCU London because it combines an evening of great fun with efforts for a really good purpose. It is fantastic to see how this is organized, driven by the Common Good Student Society and how creative and passionate the students are about their individual fashion walks. An extra recognition should be given to the fact that the students don’t only ‘wear’ the clothes but they also bring in something extra; a piece of African culture or a the idea of clothes being transformative.”

The sale continues on campus – the last items will be available until 15th March 2018. If you are interested in taking a look and/or purchasing, please contact Eva Koleckova (Student Office) or Scarlett Hooper (Students’ Association London).

Come and gift yourself, your partner or a friend with a nice piece for the wardrobe – it was International Women’s Day in the end!

Pieces currently on sale


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