Fash­ion show to help go­ril­las

Kentish Gazette Canterbury & District - What's On - - EVENTS -

Go­ril­las will come un­der the spot­light at a fash­ion show this week­end.

They may not be tak­ing to the cat­walk them­selves, but the mighty an­i­mals are an in­te­gral part of the show at Port Lympne Re­serve.

The Go­ril­las & Gowns Char­ity Fash­ion Show on Fri­day, Septem­ber 29, will raise funds for the Aspinall Foun­da­tions work with go­ril­las in the Congo. The foun­da­tion has been work­ing with go­ril­las in Congo since 1989, when they built the first go­rilla or­phan­age in Con­goBraz­zav­ille.

Since then more 100 go­ril­las or­phaned by the bush meat trade and poach­ing have been res­cued, with some 60 be­ing rein­tro­duced to the wild, in­clud­ing 22 who have trav­elled from the foun­da­tion’s parks in Kent. Many have gone on to form new fam­ily groups and pro­duced young. By the end of last year more than 30 ba­bies had been born in the wild across the Aspinall Foun­da­tion’s projects in Congo and Gabon. Amanda Flan­ders of But­ter­flies & Dreams Events is work­ing with lo­cal busi­nesses to put on Go­ril­las & Gowns with two Kent de­sign­ers, Caro­line Bruce and child star de­signer, 12-year-old, Josh Bart­feld Birch Jones. Josh’s in­spi­ra­tion for de­sign­ing women’s cloth­ing came from his mother’s wardrobe, which was filled with gor­geous dresses and he has de­signed glam­orous evening gowns.

The main part of his col­lec­tion is the skirt, trousers and jacket, key pieces women can take from a nor­mal work­ing day to a for­mal func­tion or night out. Caro­line Bruce is cre­ative di­rec­tor of the new lux­ury evening wear la­bel, Caro­line Bruce, de­signed and hand made in Eng­land, a demi couture brand boast­ing lim­ited edi­tion evening and cock­tail dresses. The show will be held at Port Lympne Ho­tel, where guests will be wel­comed with a glass

Damian Aspinall meets the go­ril­las now liv­ing free in Gabon

Pic­ture: Aspinall Foun­da­tion

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