Thursday March 20th saw the start of what Swansea University students hope to be an annual event with the first ever Swansea Charity Fashion Show. Before the show I caught up with the students in charge, Lawrence Porter and Lowri Evans to find out a bit more.
Q: What made you come up with the idea?
Lawrence: It was something I had always wanted to do, over the Summer I began organising it and got backing from organisations such as Gane Trust and Asthma UK. The event is an official Asthma UK event, raising awareness and money for the cause. I am personally affected by Asthma and know that even others who have it aren’t completely aware of how serious it can be.
Q: How did you develop it once you were back in Swansea and really needed to push it within the University?
Lawrence: I think because it’s something which has never been done before in Swansea Uni and we really hit a niche, everyone was really willing to get involved. Lots of the University societies wanted to take part and when we asked for extra help back stage we were overwhelmed with the response.
Lowri: We followed the motto ‘they can only say no’ and most people said yes!
Q: Which University societies are involved?
Lowri: There are six societies from Uni involved: Fashion, Dance, Bakery, Music, Photography and Kinetics.
Q: Is the show following a particular theme?
Lowri: There’s going to be a Parisian theme to the show. We also got local vintage shops and high street names to contribute and help us so that we are able to showcase a student style and show students that this kind of fashion is available to them.
Q: Which high street names are involved?
Both (speaking in turn): M&S, Arcadia, Debenhams, ASOS, Benefit (who are also doing the make-up) and loads more. Some have helped by donating clothes and others have donated raffle prizes and treats for the goodie bags.
Q: Finally, how big do you expect the show to be?
Lawrence: It’s taking place in the Grand Theatre and so far all indications are pointing to it being a sell-out, so around 150 people.
On the 20th March at 8pm the Grand Theatre in Swansea was packed out to capacity. The show began with a welcome from a member of the fashion committee and then the catwalk began. Models showcased six different styles all with clothes donated to the show; these styles were preppy, varsity, arty, sk8er, Parisian and grunge. The show was also laced with performances from the Swansea University Dance Society and the beautiful voice of Opera singer Lois Williams.
Speaking to the organiser, Lawrence Porter, after the show he said he was ‘really pleased’ and ‘quite emotional.’ The show was a huge success for Lawrence and Lowri along with everyone else who helped and has so far raised over £1000 for Asthma UK. The society now are looking forward to next year!
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