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Students studying Life and Independent Living Skills took to the catwalk to raise money for Julian House with a fabulous fashion show.

The group started work on the event in January, organising the costumes, running order, music, refreshments, invites and programme.

Xavier Theobald, 19, designed the artwork for a series of slides showing during the fashion show, helping to bring the event to life.

LILS students visited Julian House’s charity shop on Walcot Street and borrowed clothes for the show. They also found inspiration for their designs at the Bath Fashion Museum.


They went to the Wiltshire Scrapstore to collect materials and created clothes for a series of mannequins inspired by fashion throughout the ages, including medieval knights, goths, hippies, and Princess Diana’s wedding dress.

All the food for the evening was home-made and students were on-hand to welcome guests and announce the running order.

Students studying hair and beauty helped to get participants ready for the catwalk and stayed to enjoy the show along with parents and friends. The event raised over £60 for Julian House’s work tackling homelessness.


Student Georgia Long said: “It feels really lovely to be dressed up. I’m looking forward to doing the catwalk and my mum and dad are coming to watch.”

Lecturer Suzann Taylor said: “The purpose of our course is for students to develop their independent living and employability skills. Each student has their own personal targets.

“The fashion show gave them the opportunity to work on a variety of important skills, such as budgeting, managing money, written and verbal communication, personal presentation and food hygiene.

“It was also great to see students have the opportunity to work towards their strengths and build their confidence in a variety of different skills.”

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