Couture at the College


What a magnificent night of quality entertainment at Crumlin Integrated College’s Vintage Fashion extravaganza. The 1951 Reilly RMA parked at the school gates greeted guests as they arrived. Retro albums of a bygone era adorned the walls of the hall. Psychedelic pop art and colour flooded the rooms and the vintage style seated supper was a delight of culinary excellence all skilfully prepared by astonishing volunteers who buzzed away all day to provide an array of tantalising and tasty titbits for everyone.

The charitable event was planned and orchestrated to raise much needed funds for Cystic Fibrosis – A fight We Must Win. The charity was represented by Linda Alexander who had kindly donated a vintage gold coloured dress from the 70’s which had been a wedding dress for her Aunt.

Local lady Hazel Campbell singlehandedly organised and manned a very successful Tombola and as if the prospect of a certain win at this wasn’t enough, the Grand Draw offered multiple fantastic opportunities for winning generously donated prizes from our kind sponsors.

The models were drawn from the Colleges own stunning young students, some tantalising teachers and wonderful women from the local community. The models were captivating in all the costumes depicting vintage couture from the 50’s, 60’s. 70’s, 80’s 90’s, noughties and included full bridal section and Multi-cultural wear from across the world.

Two acts of special mention enthralled the audience. Community champion and all round good guy, Malachy O’Hara made for fantastic entertainment when he joined Jean Galloway as Southfork from Dallas’s infamous JR and Sue Ellen who made multi-costume changes in the 80’s section.

Appearing with unparalled comedic genius and timing which made for wet eyes everywhere with hearty laughter was the superbly funny and fascinating Michelle Millar. Michelle appeared numerous times with hauntingly awful mismatched styles and although horrifying in fashion circles, they delighted and mesmerised the audience.

Crumlin Integrated College excelled themselves in every way as usual and the two comperes for the night Lynda McGarry and Bronagh Macauley gushed with gratitude about how the community valued, recognised and supported the school which is fantastic in light of the new rebranding and it’s focal point in the centre of the village.

No mention of the success of the night would be complete without paying tribute to the two outstanding women without whom the show could not have happened at all. Joan Ward and Tracy McCann acted as joint wardrobe mistresses and worked tirelessly for weeks and indeed months to keep the whole show running smoothly. Well done those astonishing women.

The fun and festivities realised an amazing £2532 for the Cystic Fibrosis charity and it’s fair to say that the College achieved an incredible feat by facilitating and arranging the Fashion Show and creating a memorable and at times moving gala performance for participants and observers alike.