Oct 29 2009 Liverpool City Council
YOUNGSTERS demonstrated recycling is the height of fashion in a special catwalk show.
For the past couple of months, a group of teenage students from schools across the south of the city have been designing unique clothes to celebrate Liverpool’s Year of the Environment in the Head Above the Rest fashion show.
On Thursday (22 October), models hit the runway wearing clothes made of recycled material, including ball gowns made from bin bags, papier maché corsets and skirts made from old carrier bags.
The children were also heavily involved in hairstyling and make up, and showed off their achievements at the red carpet fashion show held at Parklands City Learning Centre (CLC) Theatre, Speke.
Liverpool city council’s executive member for the environment, Councillor Berni Turner, said: “It’s fantastic that young people are getting creative about the environment.
“They thought really carefully about the garments they made and how they can make them ‘green’ and fashionable at the same time.
“I’m so impressed at how young people across the city have got behind Year of the Environment, and events like this are the perfect way for youngsters to show off their creativity and environmental awareness.”
Jo Garster from Parklands CLC, who is co-ordinating the event, said: ““Head Above the Rest is a brilliant creative project giving our students the opportunity to work in partnership with professionals from creative industries such as hairdressers, make-up artists and costume designers.
“The theme of Year of the Environment has encouraged them to get really imaginative, using every day items to achieve a stunning finished look and I’m sure the audience will be amazed on the night!
“The students have worked extremely hard since it started in September. They really have put their heart and soul into making it a success and this was reflected in their final catwalk designs. Working first hand with professionals from the creative industries, the students have gained lots of new skills and practical advice to help them further their careers.”
Schools taking part were New Hayes Community Comprehensive, Shorefields Technology College, Parklands High School, Gateacre Community School, St. Julie’s Catholic High School and St. Benedict’s Catholic College.
The project is a partnership between Liverpool City Council, Mode Training, Liverpool Community College and The Sunflower Centre.
This is the third year Parklands CLC has delivered the fashion show and last year’s theme was James Bond