Islington teenagers wow fashionistas at King’s Cross cat walk

Jessica Grech models her creation on the makeshift cat walk on King's Cross Station in the Off The R

Jessica Grech models her creation on the makeshift cat walk on King's Cross Station in the Off The Rails project - Credit: © Blake Ezra Photography Ltd. 2013.

Hundreds of fashionistas watched Islington teenagers take centre stage on their very own cat walk at St Pancras station.

About 300 people watched eco fashion show Off The Rails, featuring more than 80 outfits strung together from upcycled garb.

Jasmine Martins, Young Mayor of Islington, opened the platform show and spoke about the inspirational ideas the groups developed while raising awareness of climate change.

The partnership project, developed by Islington Council’s The Zone Youth Club, involved more than 30 young people who learnt textile skills including how to use sewing machines to create new garments from old clothes.

The project aims to change consumer behaviour and counter the negative environmental impact of producing new clothes and buying items produced on the other side of the world.

Jessica Grech, 15, who modelled a black sequined Hollywood glamour dress, said: “This project has had a massive impact on me.

“I have always been interested in fashion but it’s given me the confidence and skills to really follow my dreams. Off The Rails has been the highlight of the project.

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“I have changed how I shop now I know of the impact new clothes have on our environment.”

Islington Council’s cabinet member for children and families, Richard Watts, said: “It’s important to invest in youth projects like this one that give them the chance to learn some really valuable skills and benefit from work experience which could help them find employment in the future.”

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