Models prepare for unique fashion show

PUBLISHED: 08:54 13 November 2010

Brandon Trust models Tina Gooding of Weston and Jane Smith of Banwell prepare for their catwalk stint, with help from students at Weston College.

Brandon Trust models Tina Gooding of Weston and Jane Smith of Banwell prepare for their catwalk stint, with help from students at Weston College.

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'EQUALITY and diversity at its best' is helping a group of North Somerset adults with learning difficulties onto the catwalk for a unique fashion show.

Brandon Trust models Tina Gooding of Weston and Jane Smith of Banwell prepare for their catwalk stint, with help from students at Weston College.

More than 20 models from the Brandon Trust will be modelling 50 swanky outfits in a glitzy climax to the North Somerset charity’s annual awards evening next Wednesday.

And they will be enjoying their time in the limelight thanks to a new link forged between the charity and dedicated teenagers at Weston College.

A team of arts foundation students have given up many hours of their free time to create costumes for the show – and their course manager Anna Lowther-Harris says Wednesday’s show will be an example of ‘equality and diversity at its best’.

She said: “There could be no better way of educating young people about the diverse sections of our society.

“Ever since their first meeting with the models, the students have taken the project to their hearts, despite the heavy demands of their course, and have even taken sewing work home with them.

“I wanted the Brandon models to come out on the night and look incredible and I think the students have more than achieved this.”

The trust’s communications manager Stefania Rulli-Gibbs said many of the models had been overwhelmed trying on their glitzy new clothes for the first time.

She added: “Most of us take it for granted that we can simply go and put on a pretty frock or a DJ but for the people we support this is a very special occasion.

“This has been a project where learning disability has met mainstream society and a success story of involvement and inclusion.

“The models told the students how they wanted to look and have taken an active part in the design of their dresses.

“It’s been a learning curve for the students not just in fashion and design but also in terms of social involvement but in both they have exceeded all our expectations.”

The students will be busy assisting the Brandon models on their big night plan to invite several of the models to take part in Weston College’s own end-of-year show.

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