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Julia Carruthers, manager of the Salvation Army’s boutique charity shop in Bruntsfield Place, has curated a collection of preloved fashion items for a catwalk show taking place in the iconic Edinburgh City Chambers. The collection will be shown on the final evening of Edinburgh Fashion Week (Saturday 12 March) as part of a celebration of charity shop fashion.

A talented designer in her own right, Julia was approached by a group of students from Edinburgh College which is hosting the event. With her expertise in charity and sustainable fashion, Julia has created over 30 looks from the Salvation Army boutique’s stock to show at the charity fashion event. She said:

“I’m so excited to be involved with this project. I have long been a champion for sustainable fashion and charity shops, and it’s brilliant to be able to showcase a collection of our favourite items in the heart of Edinburgh. I’ve spent weeks and weeks on the collection, making sure to include unique looks for a range of occasions, but importantly, including outfits that are great quality and affordable. Charity shops are not only a source of hidden gems for bargain hunters, but I also truly believe we should all shop with more of a conscience – whether that’s buying second-hand, donating clothes rather than binning them, or making clothes last longer. The bonus with charity shops is that you can help raise money for a good cause.”

The charity fashion show project is being managed by four Event Management students (Tyler Norrie, Charlotte Heard, Alicia McKellar and Heather Quinn – collectively known as ‘Rework Events’) from Edinburgh College. As part of their HND course, the students were challenged to plan, market and run a fundraising event in Edinburgh. The event at Edinburgh City Chambers will be raising money for The Salvation Army as well as British Heart Foundation.

As well as the fashion show, the charities will have lots of fashion items for sale on the night, and Rework Events has organised an evening of entertainment, including refreshments, live music and prizes. Tickets are subject to availability and are priced at £10 for adults and £7 for concessions, with profits being donated to the two charities. Doors open at 7pm for a 7.30pm start.

To book tickets, visit: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/the-edinburgh-charity-fashion-show-2016-tickets-19684283221

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