Get creative for the catwalk

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FASHIONISTAS and creative people are being challenged to come up with an outfit fit for the catwalk.

Organisers of an ethical fashion show want locals to take to their sewing machines, customise clothes and bring their designs to life.

However, there is one slight snag. All clothes and accessories need to have been bought from charity shops. And for £20 or less.

The Charity Shop Challenge competition is open to all, regardless of their skills with a sewing machine, and organisers hope it will not only show how you can breathe new life into old clothes but also highlight the wealth of bargains available at charity stores in the area.

Anyone looking to take part needs to register by the end of the month (September 27) and the winning entries will be put together for a glitzy catwalk show at the De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill, on Saturday, November 30.

All outfits need to fit the theme Gods and Monsters and organisers are keen to see plenty of ‘extravagance and grand gestures’.

Information on how to enter can be found online at and as well as the catwalk, there will also be awards for the best.

The competition is being held as part of the forthcoming Front Row fashion show at the De La Warr.

Held to promote innovative design using vintage, sustainable, re-worked or recycled pieces, the event is now in its sixth year. It is the first year the show will be held in Bexhill rather than Hastings. Front Row was launched in 2008 by Sarah Farrier and Maika Crampton, a Hastings-based creative designer. The idea was to provide a platform for young designers from across the south coast.

This year’s show (November 30) will be the biggest yet, with more than 15 designers using 70 models and an army of volunteers.

And the not-for-profit event will also be raising money for St Michael’s Hospice and the Terrence Higgins Trust.

Tickets and more details are available from the De La Warr Pavilion.