Students stage chic showcase at charity event

One of the outfits on display on the catwalk

Talented students from Heriot-Watt and Edinburgh Telford College turned charity shop finds into catwalk chic for a unique fashion show organised for the British Heart Foundation (BHF) Scotland.

The event at the Jam House, Edinburgh, which took place on Wednesday 24 February, raised vital funds for the Edinburgh and Lothians Heart Nurse Appeal which is raising awareness of the debilitating heart condition, heart failure, among health professionals to ensure that sufferers get quick diagnosis and treatment.

This has been a fantastic opportunity to turn around a full catwalk show

Cath Fenton, Textiles and Fashion Design Management lecturer

Over the past few months, Heriot-Watt Textile and Design students have been rummaging through the rails at BHF Scotland's charity shops in Edinburgh to find men's and women's clothes and accessories that they have customised into unique designs. Edinburgh Telford College students provided hair, make-up, music and photography for the evening. In a unique twist, the catwalk show was accompanied by a narrated love story, read by Christine Richard OBE, that culminated in a parade of wedding outfits.

Cath Fenton, Textiles and Fashion Design Management lecturer, said, "Our students sourced all the clothes and re-modelled them as well as styling and staging the show. This has been a fantastic opportunity to turn around a full catwalk show, in a short space of time, and for a very good cause €“ which they've also chosen to fundraise for this year."

Ffyonna Scott, BHF Scotland Fundraising Volunteer Manager, said, "It was a fantastic show and we raised hundreds of vital pounds for the Edinburgh and Lothians Heart Nurse Appeal. I must say a huge thank you to all those who contributed to our raffle and goody bags and to all the volunteers who helped make this show a success, particularly the students, who really put their heart and soul into the event."