Manchester Met’s Fashion Society roundup: DAZED, charity fundraisers and seven deadly sins

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Featured image and gallery: Isobel Scott

It’s been a successful year for Manchester Met’s Fashion Society. Led by its President Amelia Godel, the society welcomes everyone with an interest in fashion, photography, creative direction, zine creation and more. It offers a space to share interests, socialise and meet with likeminded people. 

Amelia, a final year Fashion Art Direction (FAD) student, has been a part of the society since 2020. Last September, she stepped up to the role of President, a meaningful role for her. She says, “Being on the committee has been very rewarding and will definitely be a standout memory of my time at university.”

Vice President and final year FAD student Henry Pawsey describes being on the committee with Amelia as a full circle moment. A highlight this year for Amelia and Henry was hosting the society’s introductory ‘Freshers’ Social’ event. They were joined by fashion photographer Nik Hartley who came along to capture the first social of the year for DAZED magazine, giving the society massive exposure.

Through the committee’s work, the society has hosted a variety of events for members to get involved in, from workshops to industry talks. These included a zine workshop, a Christmas pub quiz and a fundraising social for humanitarian medical care charity, Doctors Without Borders.

The society has made it a priority to raise awareness for a number of charities. Their annual ‘Met Gala’, with the theme Gods and Monsters, raised money for two charities: The Pankhurst Trust, providing support for women suffering from domestic violence and abuse, and The Albert Kennedy Trust, offering safe housing and support for LGBTQ+ young people facing homelessness in Manchester.

“Both are very important to us and we wanted to make a conscious effort to support local charities this year,” says Amelia. 

The theme of ‘Gods and Monsters’ was inspired by the society’s Halloween social, Seven Deadly Sins, which featured performances from ‘genre-fusing’ musician Hunnygloss, to dance numbers from Miss Blaze, featured DJs Izzy Davidson, Adomas Lukas Petrauskas, K.Holle, and Princess Elf Bar.

Of course, it would not be Fashion Society without a Best Dressed Award for the evening, awarded to Conor Hau. “It was a chance for people to be as creative as they’d like to be with their costume,” says Amelia.

Treasurer and Fashion Promotion student Laura Johnson, will be taking over Amelia’s role as President in September. Laura says, “It has been great to see people make genuine connections and friendships through the events we have hosted – it makes all of the work worth it.”

Laura outlines her plans for the future of the society: “My aspirations are to continue helping to foster a safe space where students can connect with like minded individuals, and provide a space for students to develop their creative ideas.” She also floats the idea of organising a trip.

As third year students, Amelia and Henry are about to embark on new adventures after graduating this summer. Amelia has plans to move to Berlin, focusing on her sustainable jewellery business Jewelz By Mealz, while Henry plans to travel to Korea and Japan.

Reflecting on the success of this year, Henry says: “It has been so inspiring and joyful to watch the society grow and get such good recognition from students who come to our events.”

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