Supported learning students take to the catwalk in Folkestone fashion show
Folkestone students took part in a fashion show designed to celebrate and promote diversity within the industry.
Supported learning students created a collection using second-hand clothing called ‘Altered Images.’
Stylish outfits created with garments sourced from charity shops showed how vintage and used clothing offer a unique, cost-effective and creative alternative to the high street.
Students at Dover campus provided hair and make-up styling to add glamour to the event, which took place at Leas Cliff Hall.
The show was organised by the Activities Respites Rehabilitation Care Centres (ARRCC.) A charity that supports people with physical and sensory impairments.
Programme director of supported learning, Jackie Clancy, said: “I am so proud of all my students. It takes a lot of courage to stand up on the catwalk.
“It has done wonders for their confidence and they have all expressed creativity and enhanced their design skills. This fantastic project has also seen the students improve their life skills: Not only have they learnt to sew but their maths, English, teamwork and employability capabilities have also improved significantly.”
Student, Alan Brandon, said: “It was brilliant to have the opportunity to perform on the catwalk. I would love to do it all over again.”
Chloe Buckmaster, added: “We have been practising very hard for this and it was a wonderful experience.”
ARRCC deputy CEO, Trish Bishop, said: “We are doing our best to get the message across that the fashion industry is prone to excluding people with disabilities and we would like that to change.”