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Blackburn College students transforms rags to riches

14th April 2009

Students from Blackburn college have created brilliant new outfits from stock at a charity shop in aid of a hospice.

The students were asked to choose items including clothes, jewellery and curtains up to the value of £20 to re-make into an original item of clothing as part of an after-college project.

There were nine students who studied art and textile BTECat  Blackburn College took part in the Frock Exchange Challenge at East Lancashire Hospice’s charity shop, King William Street, Blackburn.

Amongst the vast array of  projects, there was a 1950s-style dress made out of curtains, designed and made by Emily French, 17, from Clitheroe.

She said: “I had no idea what I wanted when I walked into the shop and I was a bit sceptical about the idea, but when I saw the floral curtains I knew they would make the perfect floaty skirt.

“I’d never thought about going into a charity shop for clothes before, but I would definitely return.”

Other designs included a child’s punk-style jacket made from a tartan coat and a Union Jack blanket and a black Versace-inspired dress with matching bag, made by Andrea Mason, 16, and Sophie Hunt, 17.

Andrea, from Rawtenstall, said: “It helps bring the shop to people’s attention and also looks good on our CVs when applying to universities.”

BTEC course leader Danielle Lhongi said: “This is the first time we have done any deconstruct-reconstruct work.

"It just shows what you can do with garments from charity shops.”

The outfits are on display in the shop.


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