Fashion show to raise funds to restore Ickleton church to its former glory
PUBLISHED: 11:07 03 May 2017 | UPDATED: 11:07 03 May 2017
A model who worked with actress Joanna Lumley when they were both models in the 1960s is choregraphing a charity fashion show in Ickleton.
The clothes in the show – many designer items, either new or vintage – will be on sale after the catwalk in the village hall.
The event, on Saturday, May 13, is to raise money for the village Church of St Mary Magdalene, an 11th Century building which has medieval wall paintings – only discovered after a fire in 1979 burnt off the plaster which had covered them up.
The wall paintings, including one with a bare-breasted Virgin Mary, thought to be a unique, depiction, were found when the church was being cleaned up after the fire.
Event publicist Sarah Mila said: “When the fire damaged the church, it was frightening, I remember the flames as a child when we lived next door to the church.
“It was decided to clean the walls and when the restorers cleaned away the grime and soot, they found an unexpected medieval treasure, a set of 12th Century wall paintings that had lain hidden for centuries.
“It is rare to find paintings of this age in England, and these are of particularly excellent quality and people come from far and wide to see them.”
The colourful paintings are likely to have been plastered over just after the Reformation when decorated churches were frowned upon as being something garish, too ornate and belonging to the “old” Catholic religion.
Mrs Mila added: “Like many churches, our church gets no funding from the Church of England.
“It is only kept open by the community, mainly the church committee made up of local people.”
The models will be wearing clothes given by people in the community.
The designers range from Minuet to Desigual, Ralph Lauren to the White Company, Doc Martin to Jimmy Choo.
Churchwarden Keena McKillen said: “It’s really humbling to see the support we’re getting through clothes donations and it’s wonderful to have so many local people volunteer as models.
“It looks like being really fun and a great place to grab some wonderful clothes bargains.”
7.30pm. Licensed bar. Tickets £5 from email: firstname.lastname@example.org or on the door.