Earlier this month, as part of our EDGE programme, pupils planned and hosted our first sustainable fashion show all in Aid of Dorothy House.  Every Wednesday afternoon, pupils are involved with an array of EDGE activities including community action projects focusing on service and giving back to our local community either by helping our local partners, volunteering in local charity shops and assisting at special fundraising events.

Sarah Kamphaug, Retail Volunteering Support Officer said, “We at Dorothy House are committed to forging sustainable links with the wider community and we are delighted to be partnered with Warminster School. Students are engaging and volunteer on a weekly basis in our Warminster Shop and help to promote our E-Commerce site. The fashion show was amazing and a great way to showcase their incredible skills, notably with reusing “ragged clothes” and turning them into quality sustainable clothing.”

Excitement had been building for months, as pupils and staff busily planned, crafted and stitched, all to get ready for the big night of fashion. The TA Hall was magically transformed, even with a catwalk for the eager, but slightly nervous models. Once glasses were full and seats were taken, there was an introduction to the evening from Rowena Midgley, Head of Retail & Liza Pinching, Director of People & Services, both from Dorothy House. It was a chance to hear about the work Dorothy House currently undertakes and their vision for the future.

Then the audience were introduced to Poppy Oakley, Poppy is a local fashion blogger and model. She has recently modelled in British Vogue and works with many sustainable and lifestyle brands. Poppy has a passion for sustainability, so was the perfect person to spread the message. Her sustainable message for the evening was “Buy less, love what you own, imperfect sustainability is more than okay”.

The first section of the show was “Charity”. All the items on the catwalk were purchased from local charity shops and some amazing outfits were put together, sending the message to the younger generation, you can look on trend and it doesn’t have to cost the earth. This was followed by Gilmours Garmz and The Frockshop (two local Warminster businesses). To finish off the catwalk, we showcased our very own pupils Sewing Bee clothes. Pupils had been creating their own outfits since September, all made from old clothes and rags from the Dorothy House Charity shop in Warminster. The finished outfits really were lovely to see. Jennie from Sustainable Warminster also showed us, a wonderful garment she had made from a 15ft silk sari, it was stunning and quite an achievement.

To round the evening off, glasses were topped up, canapes were served, and it was time to shop! There were multiple sellers on the evening, the Body Shop, Dorothy House & Ubiety, along with The Frockshop & Gilmours Garmz. The evenings raffle was a big success, with prizes generously donated by Bishopstrow House, plus golf lessons and gift vouchers – all assisting with further fundraising.

The mastermind behind the entire night, Lisa Cook (our very own Anna Wintour!) commented, “We are so proud of our pupils and staff for supporting our EDGE partnerships, they really throw themselves in every week! I cannot thank them enough for assisting with the Dorothy House fashion show helping us to raise well over £800. Our pupils pack a lot in; school, sport, revision and exams but are happy to juggle their commitments to volunteer in order that we can host this special event.”

Hats off to our pupils for giving up their time to support this special event!

Please get in touch with Lisa Cook, Community Outreach Co‑Ordinator, regarding our EDGE programme.

Flickr> Images from the catwalk