Love and loss; fashion and fundraising

A fashion show organised by PR students in Leeds has raised over £4500 for charity. Emily Dunlop and Sian Floyd report.

The Corn Exchange, Leeds. Photo: Chris Howley

The Corn Exchange, Leeds. Photo: Chris Howley

The 1863 Charity Fashion Show took place on 4 April in the historic Corn Exchange in Leeds city centre.

It showcased the many boutiques within the Corn Exchange as well as two outside brands and two amazingly talented students presenting their collections to a warm audience, all in aid of the charity Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research.

The Fashion Show was organised by two Leeds Metropolitan final year students, Elena Dransfield and Sally Cossins. It was set up in memory of Elena’s Father, Michael Wayne Dransfield, who she sadly lost as a result of Acute Myeloid Leukaemia in July last year.

Elena, her family and her friends made it their aim to raise awareness of the cancer, and support those also affected by this cruel disease.

The boutiques who stepped on board to deliver the glam affair were Alice Found Treasure, Mummy and Little Me, Dee’s Wardrobe, Sami D, Little Pink Wardrobe, Joy and lastly Molly Rouge, a Sheffield based brand.

The event also welcomed two exceptional student designers, Sarah Hellen, a rising menswear designer in her final year at Leeds University, and Laura-Beth Hewertson, a first year student at Leeds College of Art.

At the 1863 fashion show. Photo: Chris Howley

At the 1863 fashion show. Photo: Chris Howley

The objective was to raise around £2500, but the event achieved a grand total of £4560.04 from ticket and raffle sales which goes straight to the charity. Generous contributions also came from organizations such as Westfield Health, who donated £200, as well as fantastic sponsoring support.

Upon arrival at The Corn Exchange, guests were greeted with a glass of champagne and notified of their assigned seats, with VIP ticket holders also receiving a generous goody bag waiting at their seat.

Jake Woodhams provided entertainment for the guests at the opening of the show, whilst the designers dressed their models and put the finishing touches to their designs, whilst guests were also offered the chance to purchase raffle tickets.

The organisers more than impressed with their sponsors for the raffle draw, as they managed to secure some gorgeous gifts such as Benefit Make up, an Ali Miller crockery set, a £150 Reiss voucher, Bare Minerals make up, Macadamia hair products and most amazing of all was the Alexa Mulberry, worth £995.

All in all, the night was a joyous occasion, with a lot of money raised for a worthy cause. Congratulations goes out to all those involved in the event planning, with a special note to Elena and Sally who have worked so hard in putting together a spectacular night, which I’m sure will be remembered by many for a long time to come.



  1. Adam Burns says:

    So nice to see Leeds Met PR students putting on amazing events in the Leeds Corn Exchange. Looks like a pretty impressive portfolio piece! Well done to all involved!!

  2. David Jenkins says:

    I attended this event and was surprisingly impressed both with the display and how it was organised. A credit to all involved especially the two students that helped raise so much for charity.

  3. Jonathon Dabell says:

    Our shop, Dee’s Wardrobe, was involved in this event, getting some of our braver friends to strut their stuff in our garments on the catwalk. I ended up being the host for the night too, which was a bit nerve-wracking but great fun! I must say I’m really delighted how much money the girls raised for the cause and very impressed with the show they managed to put together. It was a real blast, and some of the clothing on show was simply wonderful. Two thumbs way, way up from me!!


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