Letchworth school’s recycled fashion show focuses on ‘power and revolution’

PUBLISHED: 16:33 08 March 2018

Students from schools across Hertfordshire of all different ages came to Letchworth to showcase their hard work. Picture: Mark McNulty

Students from schools across Hertfordshire of all different ages came to Letchworth to showcase their hard work. Picture: Mark McNulty


Students from schools across Hertfordshire have taken part in the 24th annual Recycled Fashion Show at St Christopher School in Letchworth.

The catwalk show featured more than 70 costumes designed, made and modelled by students from Whitehill Junior School and William Ransom Primary School in Hitchin, Wilbury Junior School in Letchworth, Knights Templar School in Baldock, the BRIT School in London, and junior and senior school pupils from St Christopher School.

The theme for this year’s show was ‘power and revolution’. Between one and four students formed the design team for each costume, and spent weeks designing and creating them using recycled materials.

An expert judging panel picked a selection of winners from different age categories.

The panel of judges comprised Luella Bartley from Calvin Klein jeans and Jonathan Miller, visiting lecturer at the University of Hertfordshire.

Joining them were Daisy Hill from Ralph Lauren and Laura May Paine, a stylist and clothing designer.

St Christopher head Richard Palmer said: “The standard from this year’s competition was extremely high from all the schools who took part. The children had great fun with this year’s theme.

“The creativity shown and the detailing on some of the costumes was incredible including an outfit made entirely of matches portraying Guy Fawkes, a portable guillotine – complete with fake head – and a rocket costume made from baked and painted crisp packets.

“The show is a great example of how art and creativity can be used to inspire young people to investigate and learn about a wide range of topics, and how fundamental it should be to a school’s curriculum.”

Winners included a costume, including shoes, made of human hair – which won the Best Use of Recycled Materials category.

A golden cycle helmet and trousers made of surgical gloves won for the lower school category, and a dress made from fruit nets won the Junior School category.

More than 40 of the best costumes will be displayed in an exhibition at the Letchworth Community Museum until this Sunday – with entry free and open to the public.

Proceeds from this year’s show are being donated to Amnesty International.

To find out more about St Christopher, see stchris.co.uk.

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