Burlesque dancing and lingerie fashion show

Prefacing Valentine’s Day and the catwalk shows of London Fashion Week, SKIN DEEP Behind the Mask (SDBM) held a fundraiser evening at Broadway House consisting of sexy burlesque dancing and a lingerie fashion show.

SDBM is a non profit organisation that raises awareness for sufferers of skin diseases. The charity was set up by Shabana Islam who was forced to abandon her career as a fashion designer due to a severe skin condition. She now works with a team of dedicated volunteers to help others afflicted with similar conditions. SDBM’s Thursday event began with the burlesque dancers putting on quite a show and then moved more towards the fashion shows. The clothes used in the fashion show were all previously donated pieces that the volunteer designers remade into ‘new’ pieces. This idea of making something new and fresh out of something old or previously worn is beginning to attract a lot of attention and falls under the idea of “re-vintage.” Lingerie sets included fun feather burlesque-inspired bras and sweet feminine vintage ‘bloomers.’ The volunteers designed, made, and styled the pieces for the show. Amelia Tanner is a new member to the SDBM team and served as one of the designers.  Tanner describes her involvement with SDBM as “working for a good cause with nice people doing things I love.” With the prevalence and inability to ‘hide’ skin diseases, Tanner agrees that there are not many charities catering to sufferers. “Shabana saw a gap in charities out there for skin disease sufferers after her own experiences having a rare skin condition so it’s nice to know your trying to help people,” said Tanner. SDBM is certainly a charity to watch as they are already accomplishing great things. The fashion show fundraiser was a fantastic way to grab peoples’ attention and tied into Shabana’s love for fashion and her belief in her organisation’s work.

Nicola Rothery


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The prevalence of skin disease exceeds that of obesity, hypertension, or cancer. Despite skin being the largest organ of the human body, dermatological research remains one of the most under funded areas of medicine. In a world where society has an increasing preoccupation with image and it’s importance to every aspect of a person’s life, sufferers of skin diseases are feeling and being more marginalised and isolated than ever.

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