Last Saturday Caverel House Students and Staff hosted a Fashion Show in aid of the anti-trafficking charity YouCanFree.Us.

The Show was the brainchild of two Sixth Formers, Celeste and Emma, who were supported at every stage by their House Mistress, Mrs Bouchard. The girls spent months planning the Show, designing and making their creations, and selecting their models. Some designers used spray paint to great effect, others stitched together old rags; one particularly eye-catching outfit included a show-stopping peacock feather headdress and the Third Form girls, assisted by Mrs Fry, adapted 12 t-shirts in the colours of red, amber and green, to reflect the traffic light colours of the road to freedom.

The Show opened with a short and moving film about the invisibility of girls who are being trafficked. The theme – ‘from slavery to freedom’ – was clearly expressed in many of the individual lines and, particularly, via an incredibly emotional dance choreographed by Downside’s dance teacher Sherralyne Mortimer and performed by Downside pupils. The routine moved many of the audience to tears as it portrayed a group of young women finding release and freedom from the sex slave trade. One dancer commented that “doing it was out of my comfort zone, but it felt great using the dance to raise money for the charity.”

The night was complemented by work from Bath designer Carole Waller, from Waller and Wood, who provided beautiful painted silks and velvets that a number of staff wore as they entered the spirit of the evening. Sixth Former Julian wowed the audience with his incredible performance of ‘Comfortably Numb’ by Pink Floyd.

Despite being initially apprehensive about tackling the catwalk, the models – comprising of students and staff – fed back post-event with complete positivity. One student commented: “it was exhilarating as I was walking onto the stage and then gaining confidence as I walked down the runway”.

We are most grateful for the truly devoted audience that drove miles through the ice and snow to support their daughters at this event. Most importantly we thank everyone for helping us to raise a fantastic amount of money for YouCanFree.Us and spread awareness for the fight against human trafficking which has and will continue to change many lives for the better across the world.