Wimbledon college students put on a show for Palestine charity


The Medical Aid for Palestinians delivers health and medical care to those affected by conflict, occupation and displacement.


By Almaz Ohene

Wimbledon College of Art students put on a charity fashion show at the college theatre to raise money for the Medical Aid for Palestinians last Wednesday.

MAP was established in the aftermath of the massacre at Sabra and Shatil Palestinian refugee camps in Beirut, Lebanon, in the mid-1980s.

The charity delivers health and medical care to those worst affected by conflict, occupation and displacement.

The show’s producer, Rana Ahmed, 21, is studying Production for TV and Live Events.

She said: “We got to do it for a charity and I’m really passionate about Palestine, their cause and what’s going on there right now over there. I just thought that it’s something quite current and the proceeds that we make can go to their cause.

“Our first initial idea was to a do a talent show event but it’s been done and done, what with the X Factor on TV at the moment and all of that, but I thought that a fashion show would be nice.

“We go to an Arts Uni. It’s nice to incorporate the promotion of our fellow peers. Most of the designers are from Central Saint Martins so why not just do it all at once,” she added.

Nine designers showed four pieces each.

Texture and movement were the key factors in Emma Witter’s work and she used human hair, animal bone and animal skins as key materials.

Entertainment was provided by Charlotte Radcliffe who belted out renditions of well-known Corinne Bailey Rae and Sara Bareilles songs.

After the show designer Carmen Kabel, 25, said: “A friend told me that the event was going on and asked if I knew any clothes designers I said no, but I offered to make the head pieces.

“I worked with straw and I tried to work with vibrant colours. The way I did it was a very organic process because I tried everything on my head first and ideas unfolded from there.

“I’m very happy with the outcome.”

For more information about MAP see their website:

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