MEDIA OPPORTUNITY From ice maiden to cardboard concoction by forrests


									MEDIA OPPORTUNITY From ice maiden to cardboard concoction: Students’ designs stand out for charity A group of students studying fashion design at Robert Gordon University are to see their work featured as part of a very special fashion show in Aberdeen next week, to raise money for Sue Ryder Care. The event will take place at Pittodrie Football Stadium on Wednesday 25 November and the students were asked to design eye-catching garments for the show, using cut offs from the charity‟s high street store chain. Nadiah Mohad Taib (20), from Mastrick in Aberdeen, has transformed an old wedding gown for her part in the „Sublime and Shiny‟ project. She has gone for the ice maiden look and has found an innovative way of pulling the material together to make a half moon silhouette shape. Nadiah explains: “I imagine the catwalk lights catching the crystals on the dress and making it shimmer like the light of the sun hitting the moon. I am hoping it could be something someone would want to wear for a Christmas night out and it‟s just supposed to be glam and outrageous, and covered in sparkles. “When we heard we were getting materials donated from charity shops, I thought it might be rubbish but it has been brilliant to transform them into something new. It is also good because it is a local project, helping local nurses and local people, and it is so simple to think that making garments can make a difference to people‟s lives – it makes me really proud.” High-flying student designer Kayleigh Archibald (21) from Birsay, Orkney, is also to have her work featured at the event. Kayleigh, who hit the headlines

earlier this year after coming second in a national student fashion competition, has come up with another outstanding piece for this charity project. She says, “I just got stuck in, chose fabrics and started manipulating them on the stand to see how they could work together. I really like the idea of using fabrics that nobody would have looked at and making them something someone might wear now.” Lawrence Ho (23) from Portlethen has come up with the most unusual piece for the student project and is using a craft technique to pin circular shapes made from recycled cardboard boxes to a skirt he has made out of old plastic tubes. He explains: “I am excited about making something from nothing and I thought I would just go for it with something experimental. I wanted to use shapes in a different way to that which a lot of fashion designers are at the moment, and my mum does a lot of craft work so this inspired me to make shapes from cardboard. “The importance of the project didn‟t really hit me until charity representatives came to meet us. This has definitely spurred me on to create something impressive for such a good cause.” The money raised from the fashion show event will help support Sue Ryder Care‟s local care centre at Dee View Court in Kincorth, Aberdeen. Bridget Gilles, Retail Business Support Manager for the North East of Scotland said, “We are delighted to be working together with Gray‟s School of Art and hope to raise as much money as possible to help support our services in Scotland and raise awareness for the work Sue Ryder Care provides locally at Dee View Court at Kincorth.” Tickets cost £10 and are available now at Sue Ryder Care shops and from Gray's School of Art, Garthdee Road, Aberdeen. To purchase tickets or further information, call Bridget Gillies on 01224 210149 or visit

ENDS Notes to editor:

19 November 2009

There will be an opportunity to interview and photograph Nadiah, Kayleigh and Lawrence with their pieces of work tomorrow (Friday 20 November) at Gray’s School of Art at 10.30am. Members of the media should meet Katy Jones at the entrance to the facility.  Sue Ryder Care has 14 care centres across the UK and provides four million hours of care per year  Sue Ryder Care provides 1.4 million home visits per year to people in need  Sue Ryder Care is one of the largest providers of specialist palliative and end of life care in the UK  Sue Ryder Care provides over 100,000 days of long-term residential neurological care each year

 There are currently 6,000 volunteers supporting the charity‟s work  Sue Ryder Care supports people, their families and friends affected by conditions including Cancer, Stroke, Brain injury, Multiple Sclerosis, Dementia, Huntington‟s Disease, Parkinson‟s Disease and Motor Neurone Disease

Katy Jones Communications Officer Robert Gordon University Schoolhill Aberdeen AB10 1FR Tel: 01224 262206 Email:

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