ST. MICHAEL'S CATWALK COLLECTION
"Pagan Goddess"by Ditte Hartwig
I have been involved with FRONT ROW backstage for some years now but this is the first time I’m able to curate a collection for the “Gods & Monsters” show in honour of our local St. Michael’s Hospice, a charity we have been supporting at FRONT ROW.
I’m always inspired by customizing clothes from second hand shops and it is fantastic that I was able to source all outfits for tonight’s catwalk section from St.Michael’s Hospice Charity shops in the area. The entire collection will be available to buy there after the show.
The inspiration for the set comes from pagan traditions, which are so rich on the British Isles. Celts, Vikings, Saxons and the Romans all brought their gods to this country, mingled together, influenced each other and became one.
These gods and goddesses symbolised powers for survival in an unexplained world. They represent nature and wilderness, hunting, sex and the cycle of life.
I would like to thank all my models and volunteers for their involvement and help.
Having an advanced illness can raise all sorts of practical, physical, spiritual and emotional issues, which affect not only the patient, but their family and friends too. Since St. Michael’s Hospice St. Leonards-on-Sea opened in 1987 the organisation has cared for more than 12,500 people with life limiting illnesses in the Hastings and Rother area.
St. Michael’s hospice is more than just a building but believe that, as well as expert medical care, it is just as important to care for a person’s practical, social, spiritual and emotional needs too. They provide care, not only within the Hospice, but also in the community. Many of their patients are cared for at home with skilled nursing support or night sitting services and the hospice also has a Day Therapy Centre which offers respite, good company and support. They offer a holistic approach to care, aiming to meet people’s individual needs.
All services in the community and the Hospice are provided free of charge and with equal access to all in need. The hospice is grateful for the continued generosity of our community, without which it would not be able to provide care and support to local people.
For more information about their services and how to become a volunteer please visit www.stmichaelshospice.org
St. Michael’s Hospice is hosting a large second hand and vintage clothing stall at the FRONT ROW Fashion Show and Fair on the 30th November.
Many thanks to Tony Holtham & Susie Pybus and their team of helpers for their support.