THE MINISTRY OF STEAMPUNK
FROM COLLEGE TO CATWALK
A STEAMPUNK CHARITY FASHION GALA
FRIDAY 2 DECEMBER
Doors at 7:00 PM
Event 7:30 to 10:30 PM
THE ROYAL HOTEL, WEYMOUTH
Join the Ministry of Steampunk, and students from Weymouth College for an evening exploring Steampunk fashion through static displays, talks and a catwalk fashion show.
The evening will offer an opportunity to get up close and personal to see the handwork (and hard work) of creatives at all stages of their development from students to keen amateur makers to professional designers.
Lady Elsie is the current custodian of a collection of original Historical Garment dating back to the early 1800's. The collection includes Georgian, Victorian and Edwardian examples of mostly women's clothes and accessories. She will be bringing some of these garments to display and discuss how they have influenced the Steampunk Fashions we will see in Weymouth over this weekend. There will be some replicas also on display which she has used in some of the many Historical TV shows she has been involved with over the last 20 years.
Belly Fusion Dance Collective
are an improvisational tribal and theatrical fusion belly dance troupe whose costumes are as amazing as their dance routines.
We are delighted that they will be joining us for the charity fashion gala.
Weymouth College’s Level 3 Creative Practice (Extended Diploma) students have relished the opportunity to explore their recent live project to create work inspired by Steampunk.
With outcomes ranging from concept garments and accessories, to sculptures and photographic images, they’ve embraced the challenge, showcasing resourcefulness, imagination and more than a little ingenuity in the choice and application of the materials they have used.
(amateur costume and gadget bodger) will show you how he used his wife's pilates ball to start making "The Wrong Trousers" and how you can turn a bicycle wheel and a pile of EVA foam garage floor tiles into a Steampunk rotating skirt.
Members of the Steampunk Community will be displaying their creations on the catwalk this evening. The outfits are curated, designed and sewn by Steampunks, Traders, and performers. Hear what inspires them and how they have created them. Most of the outfits are being modelled by the creators. Join us as we support the Weldmar Hospice and show how fabulous Steampunk Fashion can be.
Joining us for the evening will also be Katie Godman who is Museum Operations Manager at Blandford Fashion Museum and has also worked as a Costume Librarian.
Katie's book Gothic Fashion: The History published in October 2022 will be available and you will be able to speak to Katie.
The proceeds of ticket sales will be going to support Weldmar Hospicecare which is an independent charity that provides specialist care for adults in Dorset with life limiting illnesses such as cancer, heart disease, or motor neurone disease, as well as their loved ones.
All of the hospice's services are provided for free. Twenty one percent of the hospice's funding comes from the NHS, and the remaining £18,000 a day is raised through the support of the local community and charity shops.
The hospice has a specialist team including doctors, nurses, health care assistants, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, bereavement counsellors, specialist chefs, complementary therapists, social workers, and more. Their aim is to ensure that all adults needing end of life care in Dorset have access to excellent services, delivered when they are needed and meeting the individual needs of patients and their loved ones.