Cambridge Breast Cancer Appeal Fashion Show

Natalie Emuss and Jennifer Mason are on a roll the day we meet ….. they tumble in, fresh from a slot on the BBC Radio Cambridgeshire airwaves and after our chat, they’re heading for an interview and photoshoot with Velvet magazine.  All of which is brilliant publicity for the Fashion Show they mastermind each year, in aid of Addenbrooke’s Hospital Breast Cancer Appeal.

Cambridge Breast Cancer Appeal Fashion ShowThe Fashion Show is happening on the 1st Floor of Grand Arcade at 7pm on Thursday 18 October.  The red carpet will be rolled out and twenty women, all of whom are either undergoing treatment or have survived breast cancer, will strut their stuff on the catwalk.  And so will twenty men, friends, husbands, brothers and sons of these ladies, with daughters and granddaughters also modelling.  With so much warmth, love and support in the room, it makes for a fabulous atmosphere.

 

Cambridge Breast Cancer Appeal Fashion Show
Image credit: Cambridge Breast Cancer Appeal

Retailers in Grand Arcade get right behind this Show, fitting models with the new season’s clothes and shoes.  Fossil supplies handbags, Sean Hanna takes care of the models’ hair while MAC, Charlotte Tilbury and Estee Lauder do make up.  A raft of fabulous raffle prizes includes a 24 hour test drive of a TESLA car, so don’t forget to buy your raffle tickets at Rigby & Peller.  Sponsors include Clarity, who created the event website, Grape Van and Grazie.

Cambridge Breast Cancer Appeal Fashion Show
Image credit: Cambridge Breast Cancer Appeal

Natalie and Jenny met at Addenbrookes in 2016.  They both had personal experience of the hospital.  Natalie was treated for cancer in the Breast Unit there in 2013, undergoing a mastectomy followed by chemotherapy and radiotherapy.  Jenny’s father had cancer and when he passed away in Addenbrookes, she vowed to do something big to thank the hospital for all they had done for him.

Cambridge Breast Cancer Appeal Fashion Show
Image credit: Cambridge Breast Cancer Appeal

Natalie had held fashion shows in Saffron Walden in 2014 and 2015 to raise funds for the Breast Unit but she and Jenny quickly realised that they could create something much bigger if they pooled their expertise, energy and resources.  As Manager of Rigby & Peller in Cambridge, Jenny feels uniquely placed to help breast cancer patients, with her specialist mastectomy trained staff who fit the many different styles of bras on offer and who are always there for aftercare too.

This year’s Show is dedicated to Becky Hadfield, who modelled in 2016 and sadly passed away in January 2018.  Becky will be in the hearts and minds of everybody involved in the Show as they aim to raise £11,000 which will fund a part time Breast Counsellor post.  And the more money they raise, the more hours the Counsellor will be able to spend supporting women at the Breast Unit.

Cambridge Breast Cancer Appeal Fashion Show
Image credit: Cambridge Breast Cancer Appeal

Fashion Show tickets cost £16 and include a welcome drink and canapes on arrival.  You can book tickets through the website or get them from Rigby & Peller in Grand Arcade but don’t wait until the last minute as this event always sells out!

http://www.cambridgebreastcancerappeal.com

http://www.rigbyandpeller.com/UK

Grand Arcade, St. Andrew’s Street, Cambridge CB2 3BJ

 

MAKE Cambridge Fashion School

Founded in 2015 by Kath Goodwin, MAKE Cambridge Fashion School offers fashion and textiles classes for children, teenagers and adults.  It’s based at The Cambridge Fabric Company on Peas Hill in the city centre, a shop brimming with beautiful fabrics, trimmings and sewing paraphernalia that I just can’t walk past without popping in!

MAKE Cambridge
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The teaching area downstairs is a relaxed environment where no kit or prior experience is needed and students of all ages can master design and sewing skills.

Kath Goodwin MAKE Cambridge
Image credit: MAKE Cambridge

Kath set up MAKE after a long career in the fashion industry.  At the age of 9, she knew she wanted to be a fashion designer and indeed, can’t remember a time when she didn’t sew, learning the skills from her mother and grandmother seemingly by osmosis as she grew up.

MAKE Cambridge
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After art college and fashion design studies, Kath worked her way up in the industry, learning the ropes as a Design Assistant at Coates and, following a move to Cambridge for love, setting up her own collection “Pure Design Studio” with help from the Prince’s Youth Business Trust.  Her label’s clubbing and rave fashion sold well here and in Japan.  Sponsored by the Fashion Council, Kath showed at London Fashion Week as a next generation designer before continuing her career with retailers including Top Shop, Tesco (she was in the design team that set up the F&F label), House of Fraser and Arcadia.  Travelling all over the world for work was exciting but by now, Kath had a young family which led her to rethink her work/life balance.

MAKE Cambridge
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Kath has always loved to teach.  She’d enjoyed working with students on industry placements and internships and had also taught part time on the Fashion and Textiles Diploma at Cambridge Regional College.  She wanted to teach in a holistic way, with students learning how to design, measure, cut a pattern, select fabric and sew their own clothes, creating a piece that is totally bespoke to them.  So Kath set up MAKE on a shoestring, starting with after school classes for children that were full from the start, just by word of mouth and the magic of Facebook.

Three years on, Kath has expanded the range of courses, taken on more teachers and launched a new timetable of fashion and textiles classes for children, teens and adults, with a mixture of daytime and after school term time slots.  More workshops are being planned, including making children’s clothes, screen printing T shirts and upcycling vintage clothes.  And you can book MAKE for your hen party, baby shower or children’s party (from 8 years old) plus Kath offers bespoke courses for companies or groups in and around Cambridge.

MAKE Cambridge
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So whether you’re wanting to design and make your own clothes, create beautiful soft furnishings for your home or give your kids the sewing skills that just aren’t taught in school any more, check out MAKE’s Facebook page for up to date course news and email Kath to ask about availability of spaces.

Facebook:  @makecambridgefashionschool

Email  info@makecambridge.co.uk

The Cambridge Fabric Company, 7 Peas Hill, Cambridge CB2 3PP