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Catwalk with a cause

Catwalk with a cause

Some of the UK’s most prestigious ethical fashion brands will join forces next Wednesday (8 May) to present a charity fashion show to a new generation of fashion talent.

Organised by a small group of London College of Fashion (LCF) students, the show is intended to create awareness around ethical issues within the industry, while raising money for The Rehema Project. There’ll also be a Q&A with a panel of industry experts including Caroline Nodder (Editor-in-Chief of Drapers), Tamsin Lejeune (Director of Ethical Fashion Forum), Maggie Jones (Shadow Minister for Culture, Media and Sport), Sandy Black (Author of The Sustainable Fashion Handbook), Liz Parker (Labour Behind The Label) and Mark Bloom (Managing Director of Komodo).

The event concludes with a fashion show showcasing S/S 2013 collections from ethical fashion brands including People Tree, Komodo, Junky Styling, Arthur & Henry and Braintree as well as designer contributions from Beulah, Zoe Boomer and Henrietta Ludgate.

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Mark Bloom, managing director of Komodo, is excited to get involved with this initiative. “London has a proud history of pioneering designers and LCF is a great environment to nurture future talent,” he said. “I’m proud to help encourage the new generation to adopt a greener and more ethically-sensitive approach to the tough business of fashion.”

The show and panel aims to raise £4,000 to finance the building of a safe working environment (in this case, a house) for women in Tanzania who are involved in The Rehema Project, whose outreach programme supports the local community by ensuring basic food and skills are provided to women and their children. It also aims to raise additional funds for malaria nets and water wells. In Tanzania, one-fifth of children die before the age of five due to preventable diseases contracted through contaminated water – a 15,000L water well costs £650 to build and lasts for more than 15 years.

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Charlotte Instone, an LCF student involved in this fundraising project, intends to travel to Tanzania this summer to help with this life-saving work. “This is amazing opportunity to raise awareness of ethical fashion and help such a worthy cause,” she says.

We’ll see you there!

St Pauls, Queen Caroline Street, Hammersmith, W6 9PJ

Date: Wednesday 8th May, 7pm

Tickets: £10 (£7 for students) including a complimentary drink, with all proceeds going to The Rehema Project