Oundle fashion show for Pete Postlethwaite fund

Marieke van de Braak and Fin Field at Oundle School's fashion show
Marieke van de Braak and Fin Field at Oundle School's fashion show

Thousands of pounds have been raised following a charity fashion show at Oundle School.

Pupils modelled and danced last week at the Fusion of Fashion and Dance event. Among their number was pupil model Marieke van de Braak, 17, who came straight from London Fashion Week to the Oundle Great Hall Catwalk.

The Pete Postlethwaite Memorial Scholarship Fund – set up in the name of the Oscar-nominated actor, who died in 2011 – will benefit from all money raised, which totalled around £7,000.

The show was staged by four pupils, Matilda Stanton and Olivia Sellers, both 17, and 16-year-olds Josie Whitley and Isabella van Vredenburch (16).

Their friend, Lower Sixth pupil Lily Postlethwaite, also 16, opened the shows by explaining how the £7,000 raised will support a talented budding actor through The Bristol Old Vic Drama School which her father Pete himself attended.

Pete Postlethwaite was himself a recipient of a similar scholarship to the Bristol Old Vic.

The four pupil organisers said: “Organising the show was an amazing experience that we will never forget. We had our highs and lows but in the end it all came together and we managed to produce an amazing show that raised lots of money for a charity which is very close to our hearts.”

All Oundle models wore clothes lent by Nordic poetry and Trendsweater and specially designed t-shirts and sweatshirts by in-house School pupil designers, Illicit, which are now on sale with some profit going to the Pete Postlethwaite Memorial Scholarship Fund.

Marieke van de Braak, who has modelled with ELLE UK magazine, said: “My plan is to model full-time during my gap year and then go to university in London and keep it as something I do in my spare time. It is a very changeable profession, so I think having a degree is a good plan.”