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Students make the world better with a sweater
LDD and Compass students with their Christmas jumpers getting ready for the ‘Make the World Better with a Sweater’ fashion show.

Students make the world better with a sweater

19 December 2014

Students at Barking & Dagenham College got to show off their festive designs last week in a Christmas jumper themed fashion show and raised over £50 for charity.

The event, which was in aid of Save the Children, the charity behind the national Jumper Day campaign, saw the College’s learning difficulties and disabilities students head down the catwalk to showcase their Christmas creations and the reaction was fantastic. The crowd of over 80 students and staffed thoroughly enjoyed the show, which as well as the fashion show included a dance routine which was also performed by some of the College’s students.

It was students in the College’s Compass programme for 14-19 year olds who first came up with the idea to hold the fashion show.  As part of their coursework the students must demonstrate self-management skills and having brainstormed how they could do this, they decided that holding a ‘Make the World Better with a Sweater’ fashion show would be great.  It saw the students organise the whole event, from booking the catwalk and learning make-up techniques to use at the fashion show to creating a playlist, advertising the show and stage-managing the whole event.

Diana Aynaci, Compass tutor at Barking & Dagenham College said:

“The event was a huge success. The students should be really proud of themselves. The jumpers looked amazing, the whole event ran really smoothly and the audience loved it!  It was a great way to put the students’ skills into practice. They all want to host another fashion show soon!”

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