Tuesday, 9 November 2010

Helping out at a fashion show or two...

For years, just before children returned to school and the weather returned to its formidable (and very English) bitter cold, a fair unfolded in Sheffield's scenic Botanical Gardens.
The fair, unlike many, was one for the arts. Paintings, sculptures made from all sorts of materials, hand-made jewellery and home-made deserts were all on offer. The event revealed the work of true British craftsmanship and charm. There were places where you could dress-up in nineteenth century clothing and enjoy tea in petite china amongst the hustle and bustle.  There were bands who performed acoustic ballads, which set a calming ambiance within the beautiful fairytale gardens.
I however, was attending the event to help backstage at the fashion show. Elizabeth A Edwards is a local, successful designer who produces beautiful clothing from recycled fabrics in her label, Hope&Glory. All the clothing is made from existing materials such as table cloths and curtains. Everything she creates is ethically made and produced. The designs are 1920's - 1950's inspired with bow detailing and feminine palettes. These fashion shows have raised in excess of £2,500 for PACT – the Parents' Association of Children with Tumours and Leukaemia, which is based at the Children’s Hospital in Sheffield.
Backstage I helped dress the models which was manic at times but loads of fun. Just after dressing the final models at the end of the show I managed to catch a glimpse of it. The final model to walk out glided elegantly in a stunning floor length red wedding dress and behind her Edwards's daughter in a floral wrap dress carrying a bouquet of matching flowers.
The day, packed full of entertainment and talent made me very proud to be British. 

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