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Norfolk charity challenges fashion perceptions

PUBLISHED: 14:32 03 October 2018

Szabina and Bertie taking part in the Woman's Vintage Fashion Show. Picture: Alan Lyall

Szabina and Bertie taking part in the Woman's Vintage Fashion Show. Picture: Alan Lyall

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It is a charity which has worked to improve the lives of disabled people in Norfolk for more than 60 years.

Bertie, Szabina and Ellie at the Women's Vintage Fashion Show. Picture: Alan LyallBertie, Szabina and Ellie at the Women's Vintage Fashion Show. Picture: Alan Lyall

Now, it is helping to break down more barriers by supporting four disabled women to take to the catwalk and participate in a fashion show.

NANSA, a charity which aims to empower people with disabilities to achieve their life aspirations, has teamed up with Karen James-Welton also known as The Fabulous Miss K and Sarah Henry who runs The Vintage Shed to support four of the charity’s train and trade trainees to take part in a fashion show.

The event follows a sell-out vintage fashion show held earlier this year which highlighted the need to make fashion accessible and wearable to all, no matter what.

Tom Garrod, NANSA chief executive, who attended the show earlier in the year said: “The NANSA trainees excelled in their catwalk performances and the increase in their self-confidence was clear to see.

Bertie with hair by Jeahan Liz Tuddenham (Jeahan Tuddenham Pro Hair and Makeup) Make Up Rebecca Morello (Rebecca Morello H&MUA). Picture: Alan LyallBertie with hair by Jeahan Liz Tuddenham (Jeahan Tuddenham Pro Hair and Makeup) Make Up Rebecca Morello (Rebecca Morello H&MUA). Picture: Alan Lyall

“These young women are no different in their interest of fashion than any other woman and there is no reason for others to perceive them any differently.

Adding that NANSA actively seeks opportunities to challenge people’s perceptions of disability Mr Garrod said the charity aims to offer clients the chance to achieve whatever they want to in life.

Sarah Henry said: “Due to their excellence on the catwalk at the first show, the trainees were part of the pre-shoot which advertises the Every Woman Vintage Fashion Show taking place next month.”

Amanda Lockwood, NANSA’s head of charity trading said: “Our trainees love working with fashion. Being asked to provide models and show our collection at the Every Woman Vintage Fashion Show means that NANSA can be part of challenging the perception of who fashion is for.

Ellie, with make up Kelly Palmer-George (Ruby Gin MUA) Picture: Alan LyallEllie, with make up Kelly Palmer-George (Ruby Gin MUA) Picture: Alan Lyall

“Fashion should be for everyone and we are passionate about making this a reality.”

The show will take place on November 1 from 6.30pm at Oaklands Hotel in Yarmouth Road, Norwich.

To support the show and to buy tickets visit the event facebook page or search “Every Woman Vintage Fashion Show”.

Tickets are also available from NANSA’s Magdalen Street charity shop.

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