Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 24 July 2014

Belfast Telegraph columnist Frances Burscough tries out a new look that’s hot off the press

Dressed to impress: Frances Burscough models a paper dress designed by Jannie Kleinhans

Hold the front page for the ballgown with a difference. This one-off fashion piece is making headlines after it was stitched together by up-and-coming couturier Jannie Kleinhans.

Made entirely from old copies of the Belfast Telegraph, the eye-catching gown was recently modelled at a fashion fundraiser by our columnist Frances Burscough.

Jannie, a South African expat who now lives in Bangor, made the dress to measure Frances, who said it was a pleasure to wear.

The fashion designer organised the Breakthrough Breast Cancer Variety Evening as a fundraising tribute to his late mother Tersia who died from breast cancer a year ago.

The colourful African-inspired event was held in the surroundings of the Ulster Museum and was compered by UTV’s Colm McAlinden.

The range of fashion on display was made entirely from recycled materials and modelled by some well-known media personalities.

Jannie said: “My beloved mum passed away in April 2011. She was originally diagnosed with breast cancer 20 years ago when she was 36 and for a while she was very ill.

The treatments helped and eventually she was declared clean from cancer and stayed stable for about 18 years.”

Sadly the cancer returned and Tersia later died.

For the full story about the show, the designer and his approach to recycled fashion design, see Frances's column in Saturday's Weekend supplement.

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