Visitirs to Coventry Canal Basin could have been forgiven for thinking they had been transported back to the 1940s in September of this year.
With the back drop of the Coventry canal the scene was set for a 1940's tea party. Hairdressing Apprentices donned retro outfits and hair styles from the war years along the towpath to raise money for charity.
Cup cakes were donated from local business and even staff at CWT Chamber Training dusted off the cook books and produced a worthy spread.
The fashion show, organised in partnership between CWT and Ruby Tuesday’s Hair Salon, saw CWT Hairdressing Apprentices’ compete for the titles of Poster Boy and Pin Up Girl. Ruby Tuesday occupies a prestigious position on the canal front and has grown over the last few years. Kirsty McCann, the owner of Ruby Tuesday’s, has a passion for retro design and in discussion with the CWT Hairdressing staff the idea of Pin up Girl and Poster Boy as a theme was developed.
Kirsty said: “Working in conjunction with CWT Chamber Training we decided to do it for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation because one of the girls who works here has a friend with cystic fibrosis. Not many people are aware of the charity and a lot of people who suffer with it don’t make it past their 20s. The Apprentices’ looked great and everyone has had a lot of fun".
“We’ve had a lot of pictures taken and the weather was great for it. The worst part was picking the winners.”
The Apprentices’ are studying Hairdressing at CWT Chamber Training in St Nicholas Street, Radford.
All of the Apprentices’ were asked to create a total look to reflect a Pin up Girl or Poster Boy, sessions were planned to research the theme and help given by tutors to find models. The work completed was used in the Level 3 qualification reflecting the preparation and completion of an event, with designs going towards their final course mark. The Designs for the fashion competition ranged from the 1920s to the 1940s and included clothes, hair and make-up to reflect the era.
Jane Powell, one of the CWT Hairdressing trainers, said: “We’ve been training them to make victory rolls and bows in a 1940s retro style, skills that are not normally required in current day Hairdressing, although there has been a recent revival in some styles from the past”.
Vintage Tweet, a retro boutique in Earlsdon High Street, kindly gave advice to learners on their choice of clothes and agreed to supply the outfits. Owner Chanel McDevitt-Kyle said: “At first we were just going to bring the girls in to give them some ideas. But we just liked what it was all about for the charity so we got more involved and loaned the outfits to the models”
Salon owners were asked for donations towards the raffle prizes, and yet again they came up with some super prizes which rose over £150.
Jamie from Affinage, supplier of CWT salon products, donated gifts for all prize winners and assisted the judging process.
Congratulations to the winners Kim Davies for the Boys category and Brogan Taylor won the overall total look.
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