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Northern Lights up the catwalk for Aurora inspired fashion show

Northern Lights up the catwalk for Aurora inspired fashion show

It’s the muse of many north-east photographers, snaking across the sky in vivid strokes of emerald green with iridescent wisps of light, captured on camera as it lights up the Aberdeen sky.

But the silvery tones of the Aurora Borealis have become the muse of a different creative industry thanks to their prominence in the north-east skies, forming the inspiration for a charity fashion show organised by students from Robert Gordon University.

Third year Fashion Management students are hoping that their Northern Lights theme will bring a breath of fresh air to the annual course requirement, after previous events focused on bright colours and international influences to bring the catwalk to life.

  (Northern Lights)
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Yet for Northern Lights team members Sophie Kelman and Martin Masson, the show offers a chance to celebrate the local community as well as Aberdeen’s natural beauty.

"Because [the fashion show] was a celebration of everything in the north-east, we thought Northern Lights," Martin said.

"They were quite prominent in the weeks leading up to it as well," added Sophie, referring to the spectacular light shows the north-east was treated to back in February.

Having chosen their theme, the students picked out an unusual charity as their beneficiary for the show, and despite the eyebrow-raising connotations of animals and fashion combined, Mrs Murray’s Home for Stray Dogs and Cats proved a popular choice with the team for being an integral part of the Seaton community.

Sophie explained: "We thought it tied in well because it is Mrs Murray’s 125th anniversary, they are having quite a special year and we wanted to support them."

"It’s a nice small local charity as well and they were really keen to get involved with something fashion-y as well because it is something totally different for them," added Martin.

It may be a change of direction for the charity, but the fashion show itself will also be changing, with the ubiquitous runway given a name change to become the cat and dog walk.

And the Northern Lights team have also been getting incredibly creative with their fundraising efforts in the lead up to the fashion show on May 30, with face-painting, sponsored walks and cycles taking place.

A charity armpit wax is also in the pipeline.

It all demonstrates the students' commitment to raising as much money for the charity as possible.

But of course, the fashion show itself is the main focus for the students, who over the past eight weeks have been carefully crafting eight walks influenced by the natural phenomenon.

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Walks will include heritage, showcasing texture through rustic tweeds and even the Granite City’s recent football success, with donated Dons strips set to be seen on the catwalk – given a (more) fashionable spin of course.

And Aberdeen’s vibrant nightlife will also play a part in proceedings, with the garments focused on bright and neon hues, reminiscent of the paint-like streaks of colour that wash the night sky when the Northern Lights come to life.

But the students are adamant that this fashion show will be an incredibly slick and professional performance, with everything from light shows to intricate makeup ensuring the Northern Lights theme runs throughout the entire show.

  (Northern Lights)
via STV via STV

As Sophie pointed out: "For the makeup, we are hoping to get iridescent luminosity dewy sort of skin , so it’s not just going to be the clothes that we will be focusing on but it will be the whole package."

It is not known as yet how much the students have raised for Mrs Murray’s, but with previous fashion show funds totaling over £50,000, the Northern Lights team hope they can make a difference to the animal charity – as well as having fun in the process.

  (Northern Lights)
via STV via STV

Sophie added: "I think we will do a big announcement hopefully on the night and be able to present that to Mrs Murray’s. They’ve been really pleased and overwhelmed with the amount of stuff we have been doing.

"Hopefully we can make a difference for them."

The Northern Lights Fashion Show takes place at Aberdeen Business School, Robert Gordon University on May 30 at 7pm. Tickets cost £15 per person and can be purchased by emailing the Northern Lights team.

For more information about the fashion show, head to the Northern Lights Facebook page.

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