St Andrews school’s eco fashion show

Canongate Primary School eco-fashion show preview photograph
Canongate Primary School eco-fashion show preview photograph

Children at Canongate Primary School in St Andrews have been strutting their stuff - and their eco credentials - on the catwalk.

In the build up to this week’s Eco Week, the whole school embraced the recycling theme in art lessons to create a colourful fashion collection, with the crowning glory being a Vivienne Westwood-inspired ballgown, complete with intricate paperwork and long train.

The school was recently awarded its third Eco Flag, explained head teacher Linda Birtwistle, and pupils were very aware of issues around global warming and recycling.

Visiting art specialist Sigrid Shone has been the driving force over the last few months channelling the pupils’ creative energy to help them come up with pieces made entirely from materials that would normally be thrown away.

From highland cow masks to rucksacks with thistles and Celtic medallions to scarves woven from crisp packets, the children used many art techniques in their creations. There were also colourful collage works decorating the walls of the school hall to provide a fitting backdrop for the show.

While recycling had been the key essential, the show, which the children put on twice yesterday (Thursday) for families and friends, had a distinct Scottish flavour with its ‘Tartan Tastic’ theme, not to mention a starring role on the catwalk for a four-legged fashionista called Bertie - Mrs Birtwistle’s dog - who is a great favourite with the pupils.

Pictured above are a few of the pupils showing off some of the pieces before the show and we hope to carry more from the event next week.