Harrogate school’s fashion show for African charity

Ashville College fashion show organiser Jess Frieze, front, with models Jake Harris and Audrey Mtombeni. (S)

Ashville College fashion show organiser Jess Frieze, front, with models Jake Harris and Audrey Mtombeni. (S)

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Ashville College sixth formers are taking to the catwalk to support Harrogate charity Open Arms Malawi.

The 17 and 18-year-olds are staging a fashion show to help fund building supplies to upgrade an orphanage in the African country.

Held in Soothill Hall on February 28, at 7pm, the show - models for Malawi - will see students showcasing the People Tree’s summer collection designed by Harry Potter actress Emma Watson and bespoke clothing by Eliza Wyke Couture and Catherine Smith Vintage.

Fashion show organiser Jess Frieze said: “Open Arms Malawi is very close to Ashville’s heart, and this fashion evening is being held to help pay for items such as paint, bricks and cement.

“I’m extremely grateful to all those who are helping support the event – suppliers and classmates alike. Whilst it has been hard work, it promises to be a great evening.

“The more tickets we sell then the more building supplies goods we can purchase.”

With the annual sixth form school prom just a couple of months away, up to 20 donated prom dresses modelled on the night will then be put up for sale.

The evening will also feature stalls of goods from The Body Shop and Traidcraft, with music from the Ashville College jazz band.

Every other year a party of sixth formers from the school visits the charity in Malawi, where they help out with a number of schemes.

Tickets are priced at £10 adults and £5 concessions, and are available from Ashville College main reception, Green Lane.