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Fashion show with a difference

[Friday 21 January 2011]

A collection of vintage wear, jewellery and accessories from recycled goods and reclaimed materials will form part of a stunning collection for a fashion show with a difference tomorrow (Saturday).

Natasha Harris, who runs The Stalls in Harrogate, is one of a number of artists, craft makers and fashion designers who will be working together to create a catwalk collection from upcycled goods.

Natasha joined up with dozens of other artists and craft workers to form a social enterprise in West Yorkshire called OOBBAA. They were given premises free of charge with support from the Leeds Federated Housing Association and now operate as a sustainable company from The Stalls on Bower Street, Harrogate.

Artists from The Stalls will be taking part in the fashion extravaganza which will be held on the evening of Saturday 22 January at the Royal Hall, Harrogate. The fashion show is part of the Choose2Reuse campaign and has been organised by the York and North Yorkshire Waste Partnership. The partnership includes North Yorkshire County Council, City of York Council and the seven district and borough councils. Its aim is to combine fun and fashion with practical solutions to help people save money and the environment.

Hosted by Dick Strawbridge MBE of Scrap Heap Challenge and Its Not Easy Being Green, the show will demonstrate how unwanted clothing, either worn straight from a charity shop and redesigned and upcycled into something new, can be as desirable and fashionable as brand new garments from a high street store.

Natasha’s striking vintage wear will contribute to the catwalk along with other artists from The Stalls such as Zinc White, who create jewellery from pencil ends and bags from recycled men’s shirts.

Natasha said: “Many of the artists who exhibit at The Stalls, make wonderful and exquisite items from reclaimed materials and textiles and pre-owned jewellery. Anybody wanting to treat themselves to something special should come along to The Stalls on Bower Street in Harrogate.”

County councillor Clare Wood, the chairman of the waste partnership said: "Fabulous collections, such as those created by Natasha and her colleagues at The Stalls, will ensure that our Choose2Reuse fashion show in Harrogate is an event to remember. Fashion creators of all kinds have seized this opportunity as a great chance to show their skills in creating exciting designer items from unwanted materials. I would encourage anyone who wants to discover one-off affordable fashions for the New Year to come along to this show."

Tickets cost only £10 with concessions £5 for the Royal Hall, Harrogate; by calling 0845 1308840, between 10am to 5pm, Monday to Saturday; or by visiting www.harrogateboxoffice.co.uk

For more information on the Choose2Reuse fashion show and on the campaign visit www.letstalklessrubbish.com or contact the waste management team on (01609) 532512.

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