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Meet Students In The UK Starting A New Trend On Campus: Fighting Hunger

 Designers, catwalk and playlist? Check, check and check. A team of students at the University of Bath in the United Kingdom dreamed up a creative way to turn the spotlight on hunger on their campus: a fashion show. With a theme of “Where the East Meets the West,” the students designed the fashion show to forge connections between the East and the West using fashion and music – and to show that hunger knows no boundaries. Ismini Petrides, a student at the University of Bath and one of the event’s organisers, gives her behind-the-scenes take on what goes into making a campus event on hunger really shine.

 The second annual Art Fashion Show in support of the World Food Programme (WFP) took place on 22 March at the University of Bath. Hosted by the Model United Nations Society, the event made its debut in 2011, raising funds for WFP’s work in Latin America. After last year’s success, we decided to take the show to a whole new level.

 The Art Fashion Show 2012 was a Black Tie charity event themed “Where the East Meets the West.” This multicultural concept was reflected in every aspect, from a photography exhibition with images from around the world, to a Persian band and Oriental dances. The catwalk played with this “Where the East Meets the West” theme  by alternating ‘Western’ outfits – including western casual wear black tie suits, and electric swim wear choreographed on the runway to the tune of Brazilian samba -- with ‘Eastern’ outfits including bright Indian Saris, traditional Arabic costumes, and African casual wear designed by a University of Bath student. 
 
Through this event we wanted people to become aware of WFP and we decided to direct all funds to its work in Pakistan. The choice also inspired the concept of bringing the West and East together through fashion, music and art. 
 
Thanks to the great support and enthusiasm of everyone involved -- in addition to the incredible generosity of those attending -- we raised approximately £2,300 (US$3,600) for a great cause! 
 

By: Ismini Petrides and Tatiana Emberson, WFP Students in Action in the UK