Dagenham fashion show cuts a fine figure

PUBLISHED: 12:13 22 June 2015 | UPDATED: 14:56 22 June 2015

Fashion show at Chadwell Heath community centre

Fashion show at Chadwell Heath community centre


The fashion police were out in force with a riot of colour and style as members of the community took to the catwalk to celebrate the borough’s 50th anniversary with an eclectic range of clothing.

Arresting outfits were all the rage at the Chadwell Heath Community Centre show on Friday, when students from The Warren School modelled outfits designed for their coursework on the catwalk along with a host of volunteers.

Riot police gear and gas masks courtesy of Metropolitan Police’s territorial support group made the cut at the well-attended event, with Pepsi cola shifts and well-dressed cupcakes also making an appearance.

“It was absolutely hilarious,” said community centre chair Anne Estlea.

“Some of these costumes were fabulous, you wouldn’t credit school children with making them.”

Volunteers from the centre as well as members of Active Age and Chadwell Heath Asian Ladies’ Network Club helped model the clothes and ensured the afternoon ran smoothly.

“We have a fantastic bunch of volunteers - without them this centre wouldn’t function,” Anne added.

Barking and Dagenham mayor Simon Bremner and young mayor Angelica Olawepo were among the 70-strong crowd, helping raise funds for the community centre cum library.

Run as a charity since September last year, the old Robert Meyes library was given a new lease of life after the community fought to save it, and now offers a range of classes as well as a renewed library service.

To find out opening times and activities running, go to

If you value what this story gives you, please consider supporting the Barking and Dagenham Post. Click the link in the orange box above for details.

Related articles

Become a supporter

This newspaper has been a central part of community life for many years. Our industry faces testing times, which is why we're asking for your support. Every contribution will help us continue to produce local journalism that makes a measurable difference to our community.

Latest from the Barking and Dagenham Post