Students turn rags to riches for Hospice Fashion Show | The Hospice of St. Francis

Students turn rags to riches for Hospice Fashion Show

Oaklands College fashion students support the Hospice


Oaklands College fashion students recently made clothing and shoes out of charity shop donations for the Hospice of St Francis’s fashion show on 1st February. The students used items that were too damaged to be sold and upcycled them into everything from ball gowns to miniskirts.

The fashion show, held at Shendish Manor in Hemel Hempstead, aimed to inspire people to shop sustainably by showing how charity shop clothing can be styled to look catwalk-worthy.


Oaklands College design lecturer, Natalie Sturman, described her students’ collaboration with the Hospice. “Most of them had never made a garment before, but they all loved working with second-hand clothes. We had lots of conversations around the Hospice’s work, and why it’s so important.”

The Hospice raised a whopping £6,000 at the event, which will go towards funding the free care it provides every year to 2,000 local people facing serious illnesses.