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A collection of customised denim jackets made by fashion students at York College will be a highlight at the St Leonard’s Hospice charity shop fashion show this year.


The Hospice shops provided denim jackets from their donated stock for the students to use as a basis for their own creations. As well as designing and remodelling the jackets, the fashion students will exhibit them on the catwalk at the Gateway Centre in Front Street, Acomb on 15th April.

In the run-up to the event students showed their creations to Hospice mascot Lenny Bear and Sue Bonarius, Manager of the Hospice’s Tang Hall Shop and lead organiser of the fashion show judged the creations.

The winning jacket design was customised by student Stephanie Nelson (formerly of Huntington School), who spent many hours crocheting her floral design. Runner-up was Georgia Boddison (formerly of Canon Lee Specialist Arts College).

Helen Ventress, Head of Division for Art & Design at York College says, ‘Our Extended Diploma Fashion and Clothing students have been so creative with this project. Whilst developing their skills they have produced a wide range of customised denim jackets for the Spring/Summer 2015 season trends. They have enjoyed working for a real client and meeting current contemporary fashion design issues. We are delighted this fashion project will benefit our local Hospice and we thank St Leonard’s for giving our students the opportunity to be a part of their annual fashion show.’


Helen Moreton, Retail Manager at St Leonard’s Hospice said: ‘It’s great to be able to show some wonderful original creations by the York Collegefashion students alongside some of the great clothes on sale in our shops! Come along to see: you could snap up a unique bargain and help raise funds for the work of the Hospice as you do so.’

The show brings together a wide range of fashions, from smart to casual, as well as accessories like hats and handbags, from the eight Hospice clothes shops. All the items in the show have been donated, and will be for sale at excellent prices. Alongside the students, volunteers who work in the shops will join a number of customers as models.

The doors open for the fashion show at 7.00pm and the show begins at 7.30pm. Tickets cost £5.00 and include a welcome drink. They are on sale from all the St Leonard’s Hospice shops, from Reception at the Hospice in Tadcaster Road (office hours only) or by calling the Retail Office on 01904 786190.

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