Passion4fashion at the Market
Passion4fashion is an initiative that gives the unemployed and those in unfulfilling jobs a chance to build skills and self esteem through fashion design. The project is now in it’s second year and for the first time based in Leeds Market, where a hundred participants have been attending workshops over eight weeks led by Leeds’ top eco fashion designers, learning to customise, up-cycle an make new outfits from second hand clothes. Everyone is given £20 to source materials and create a catwalk worthy outfit. Sue Jennings, one of the organisers says:
“Last year we based our workshops at another location but brought everyone shopping in the market and they loved it! This year we were looking for the perfect home for our project and were lucky enough to get the support of the market. We have done our best to make sure that we purchase any materials or supplies we need from the market and are really pleased to be introducing lots of new shoppers to the market, not just our participants but the staff and colleagues of all the organisations we work with too. There a real buzz about enterprise this year with Passion4Fashion and we really couldn’t be in a more perfect place to inspire our participants further. Everyone in the market has been really friendly, welcoming and happy to help us which has been fantastic and we always have shoppers popping in to see what we are up to. I am just arranging some free creative Saturday workshops in clothing and jewellery design for shoppers to get involved in, the interest in our project has been amazing.”
The project culminates in a fashion show at the Town Hall on the 21st September. Hopefully this fantastic project will not only encourage young people to develop skills and perhaps start businesses, but also raise the profile of Leeds Kirkgate Market, particularly as a place to buy textiles and haberdashery.