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1940s fashions raise money for charity

You would be forgiven for thinking that you were back in the 1940s if you visited Coventry Canal Basin last week and saw all the retro outfits in display, but it was all for a charitable reason.

Fashion students dressed in vintage and retro clothes at the fashion show at Ruby Tuesday’s hairdressers in Coventry to raise money for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

NVQ hairdressing and fashion design students competed for the titles of Poster Boy and Pin Up Girl at the September event which also included a tea party and cake sale.

Owner of Ruby Tuesday’s Hair Salon, Kirsty McCann, said: “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 students look great and everyone has had a lot of fun. We’ve had a lot of pictures taken and the weather’s been great for it. The worst part will be trying to pick winners.”

The students who participated were from CWT college in St Nicholas Street, Radford.

As well as doing their bit for charity, their designs will also go towards their final course mark.

Ruby Tuesday’s has provided work placements for many students on CWT hairdressing courses.

The designs spanned from the 1920s to the 1940s and included clothes, hair and make-up.

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.

“They will all be assessed on it but it’s a really enriching event and helps them build confidence.”

Many of the outfits were hired out for free from the Tweet Vintage shop in Earlsdon Street.

Owner Chanel McDevitt-Kyle said: “At first we were just going to bring the girls in to give them some ideas.

“But we just like what it was all about for the charity so we got more involved.”

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