Event Photography Case Study: Charity Fashion Show

Last Friday evening I had a brilliant time being the official photographer at the Gorillas & Gowns charity fashion show at Port Lympne, so I wanted to share some of my favourite images from the night with you.

Exterior photograph of the Port Lympne Hotel by Jane Mucklow

Port Lympne Hotel
The whole evening was a collaboration between several Kent based businesses, including myself, but mainly organised by Amanda Flanders of Butterflies & Dreams Events.  We were launching the first collections of the fabulous Caroline Bruce Designer Dresses, and amazingly, 12 year old Josh Birch Jones!  Caroline, Amanda and I visited Port Lympne around eighteen months ago for a networking event; we decided there and then that the wonderfully painted rooms inside the hotel would be a fantastic venue for a fashion show, and now we’ve done it!  We also raised over 6k for the Aspinall  Foundation‘s work with gorillas in Congo, where they have been hunted almost to extinction, helping to send four brothers to the wild in Congo next month.

Photograph of one of the animal painted rooms at Port Lympne Hotel by Jane Mucklow

Hotel interior
We began with drinks in this stunning room, then moved over to the Aspinall Suite next door for a welcome from Amanda, and our MC for the night, Paul Andrews of Kent Business Radio – and here’s Molly too, from Molly Moodle Media covering live social media for us throughout the event, (with Caroline’s Union Jack dress in the background):

Photographs of Paul Andrews, Amanda Flanders, hosts of the fashion show at Port Lympne, and Molly Wright covering social media, by Jane Mucklow

Paul Andrews, Amanda Flanders, Molly Wright
Then onto the fashion show!  Caroline has her own luxury evening wear label, designed and handmade by her, of limited edition evening and cocktail dresses with a sophisticated feminine individuality.  She is building a slow sustainable fashion brand whose values include respecting people and the environment, making beautiful pieces that will be treasured and worn over again.

Photograph by Jane Mucklow of models on the catwalk wearing designs by Caroline Bruce

Above and below: Caroline Bruce designs on the catwalk

Photographs by Jane Mucklow of models wearing outfits designed and made by Caroline Bruce

Photograph by Jane Mucklow of Caroline Bruce, wearing one of her own dresses

Caroline Bruce (wearing one of her own designs)
Josh has drawn women’s clothes since he could hold a pencil and doodle, taking inspiration from his mother’s wardrobe, and designing glamorous evening gowns.  He has filled a gap in the market with his first collection, a capsule wardrobe of day to night wear, with reversible skirts, trousers and tops.  Josh believes everyone is entitled to wear what they like, and his collection empowers women to feel confident and glamorous in the workplace.

Photographs by Jane Mucklow of models wearing outfits designed by Josh

A few of the outfits designed by Josh.

Photograph by Jane Mucklow of designer Josh Birch Jones and his models on the catwalk

Josh and his models on the catwalk

Photograph by Jane Mucklow of Josh and Joanna Birch Jones

Josh and his proud mum Joanna
In between viewing the two collections, we were also treated to a catwalk display by a tiger and zebra from the Living Art Show, and a horse/lion by the Face Painting Shop – all made from face/body painting, don’t they look amazing!

Photographs by Jane Mucklow of the zebra, tiger and horse/lion at the Living Art Show

The Living Art Show
After the fashion shows, Paul Farthing, CEO of Fundraising for the Aspinall Foundation talked about their work saving endangered animals around the world and working in partnership with each area to return them safely to the wild – including the four gorilla brothers that our fundraising at the fashion show is helping send back to Congo next month.  Dinner and an auction followed, and then the evening was over – but the designers are already planning their next show!

Photograph of poppies, looking up at them against a sunset coloured sky by Jane Mucklow Photography

Poppies in the Sunset Sky by Jane Mucklow Photography
I was so pleased that the canvas I donated of my new ‘Poppies in the Sunset Sky’ to the auction sold well – people even bid against each other to put the price up lots, thank you ever so much!  And thanks to Amanda for a photo of me on the night – I was too busy photographing everyone else I forgot to get any of me on my camera!

Photo of Jane Mucklow holding a camera at Gorillas & Gowns by Amanda Flanders

Me, Jane Mucklow (by Amanda)
If you would like to see all the photos from the event, you can find a folder full of them here – Gorillas & Gowns charity fashion show photos – enjoy!
I would love to photograph some more fashion shoots or fashion shows, so do get in touch if you are planning any!  Or if you need an event photographer, headshots, or any local Kent landscapes like this poppy picture to brighten up your walls!  (You can see more via the Photo Wall Art page).
Finally a big well done to everyone involved – the final total is £6,509.00!!

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