Fashion passion for the charity chic

Fashion students Sophie Wright (on the right) and Olga Lysenkova with their display in the window of the British Heart Foundation chairty shop in Bury.
Fashion students Sophie Wright (on the right) and Olga Lysenkova with their display in the window of the British Heart Foundation chairty shop in Bury.
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FASHION students are hoping to put the chic into charity by reworking items of donated clothing at a shop in Bury St Edmunds.

Sophie Wright and Oli Lysenkova, who are both in their final year at West Suffolk College, teamed up with the British Heart Foundation in Abbeygate Street, to open the eyes of shoppers to all that it has got to offer.

“We chose to focus our final major project on promoting charity shops, and the fact that high fashion can be created from recycled clothes,” said Sophie.

“We spoke to several charity shops in town and the British Heart Foundation are very pleased to work with us and have given us the opportunity to take some clothes from the shop, theme and style them, and then present them back as a window display.

“We are hoping to produce outfits that will make people stop and reconsider what charity shops can offer. It is currently very fashionable with young people to buy vintage clothing we feel this could be very beneficial for the British Heart Foundation in helping them to raise money.”

The duo are studying a Btec National Diploma in General Art and Design, specialising in fashion. They both hope to continue their interests by studying at university with Sophie plamming to go to Nottingham Trent while Oli has set her sights on Cambridge.