Models for Malawi: Fashion Show

After four weeks of frantic sewing in the studio, what started out as “I’ll design a couple of dresses” turned into designing and manufacturing five evening dresses, two gents shirt and waistcoats, especially for the Models for Malawi fashion show at Ashville College!

I saw this as an opportunity to make use of surplus, or remnant fabric, I had in the Fabric Mountain, now located under the stairs! From 30cm of remnant beaded tulle, to half a metre of heavyweight lace, each remnant created a completely unique dress.

The results are below…

The Emmanuelle made from a lightweight floral satin with a heavyweight lace overdress. The lace was a half mtr remnant from a wedding dress constructed in 2014
The Emmanuelle made from a lightweight floral satin with a heavyweight lace overdress. The lace was a half metre remnant from a wedding dress constructed in 2014
Up close in the studio with Emmanuelle
Up close in the studio with Emmanuelle
Full drama as The Emmanuelle makes an exit from the stage
Full drama as The Emmanuelle makes an exit from the stage
Classic shirt with a twist - here in Liberty print floral with a pinstripe contrast pocket, collar and cuff
Classic shirt with a twist – here in Liberty print floral with a pinstripe contrast pocket, collar and cuff
The Marilyn dress was the only dress not especially manufactured for the evening.  Seen before on the blog, modelled by Muriel Mannequin last summer!
The Marilyn dress was the only dress not especially manufactured for the evening. Seen before on the blog, modelled by Muriel Mannequin last summer!
Another Liberty print slim-fit shirt paired with a traditional pin stripe classic waistcoat
Another Liberty print slim-fit shirt paired with a traditional pin stripe classic waistcoat
The Evangeline is a slim-fit evening dress.  Can be worn full length (as here) or cocktail length, with straps (as here) or without, this one is truly a classic.  Constructed here from Biddle Sawyer silk morocain
The Evangeline is a slim-fit evening dress. Can be worn full length (as here) or cocktail length, with straps (as here) or without, this one is truly a classic. Constructed here from Biddle Sawyer silk morocain
A fun interpretation on the waistcoat using Cath Kidston locomotive fabric
A fun interpretation on the waistcoat using Cath Kidston locomotive fabric
Full drama a the Elvira dress takes the stage
Full drama as the Elvira dress takes the stage
Elvira is  truly dramatic.  Made from remnants of fabric used for the College's production of Grease, this silver satin dress takes a whopping 7 mtrs.  The lace tulle trim is another remnant from a wedding dress constructed in 2012
Elvira is truly dramatic. Made from remnants of fabric used for the College’s production of Grease, this silver satin dress takes a whopping 7 mtrs. The lace tulle trim is another remnant from a wedding dress constructed in 2012
The Ella-Rose dress in action
The Ella-Rose dress in action
The Ella-Rose backless evening dress in a matt satin.  A bias cut dress inspired by the film noir of the 1930s
The Ella-Rose backless evening dress in a matt satin. A bias cut dress inspired by the film noir of the 1930s
Ella Rose in action
Ella Rose in action showing the backless feature

Eliza Wyke was only a small part of the evening – with Catherine Smith Vintage showing a wide range of looks – sportswear, prom and evening. Hats for the models were supplied By Betty Bespoke Headwear, to create a truly splendid evening. The 6th formers raised more than £1,900 on the evening alone, with a follow up sale of pre-loved prom dress ongoing. Eliza Wyke was proud to be a part of this splendid evening.

Eliza, Jess Frieze (who produced the show) and models, seen here for the dress rehearsal
Eliza, Jess Frieze (who produced the show) and models, seen here for the dress rehearsal
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