Think Big Initiative Fashion Show

Posted on June 27, 2011 by


Streamlined, funky and classy designs by Sheffield Hallam’s second year students were on the catwalk in the Hubs on Friday 13thMay, at the Think Big Initiative fashion show, raising money for children in care in Sheffield.

Hannah Greyson

Hannah Greyson

Hannah Greyson, 21, from Meersbrook, a final year student in Fashion, Marketing and Branding at Trent Nottingham University was the inspiration behind the show.

“The concept of the Think Big Initiative is to work with different communities, to be involved in something they may not otherwise do and therefore stretch themselves, work as a team, change negative perceptions and have a wonderful time in the process“ said Hannah.

The catwalk atmosphere was friendly, the bar was busy, and the raffle table heaved with an impressive collection of art works, accessories, generous vouchers and other luxuries. The nine fashion students each produced their own distinctive work for the five sections: shirts, hats, skirts, t-shirts, and golden age couture.

There were ruffles and bow, layers and lace, capes, bodices, headgear and very high heels. The designs ranged from practical white t-shirts and classic white shirts, to Lady Gaga-esque body suits and accessories.


Around the room were displayed other inspirational works from dramatic science fiction type headpieces with zips and bold lines, to dresses full of soft ruffles and memories that would not look out of place in a period drama.

All the garments were designed and made by the talented 2nd year fashion design students…. they even custom made a couple of the outfits in under a week! The models and the impeccably dressed waiting staff were all part of ACE.

ACE is part of Chilypep (Children and Young Persons Empowerment Project) which supports young people up to age 24 and also unaccompanied asylum seeking children.

Hannah explained: “ACE aims to promote a positive image of young people in care.  All members of the ACE group have been, or are ‘looked after’ young people, whether this is in care homes, semi – independent homes or foster care.

Both the young people and the youth workers (Keely and Tom) at ACE have being really supportive and enthusiastic about this project.”

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The Think Big Initiative is a vehicle for a more positive outlook, in the media, towards the care system.  Hannah was delighted with the show: “They [young people] just looked like they were having the time of their lives. Everyone was looking at the young people in a really positive way. “

Hannah has had interest from social services to do something similar again, so watch this space.

“I wanted to take on something that would really happen and would have a positive impact on people’s lives” said Hannah. The Think Big Fashion Show could be just the first step of an incredible journey.

 Anyone interested in the “Think Big Initiative” should contact Hannah on 07969611682.