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Ellis Ranson plays dressmaker to Bridgerton cast and Paralympian Amy Conroy

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Ellis Ranson plays dressmaker to Bridgerton cast and Paralympian Amy Conroy

Ellis Ranson promotes sustainable fashion during London Fashion Week…

Ellis Ranson:

“Second-hand fashion gives us the chance to revitalise and reinvent what we wear. That’s what I love so much about it! You can see a look you love, like the fabulous outfits at London Fashion Week and reimagine them for a fraction of the cost. Whether it’s online or instore, charity shops can show us how simple it is to find designer treasures for less, and often with so much more creativity than fast fashion shops.

“As a stylist I’m always searching for new brands, but with second-hand every item comes with its own story to tell and brings an original flair to an outfit.  Cancer Research UK has hundreds of shops across the country alongside online marketplaces like eBay, Depop, ASOS Marketplace and the Vestiaire Collective. There are thousands of gems out there to find – get hunting and not only will you have a fab new outfit, but you’ll be supporting the charity’s vital work.”

Celebrity stylist Ellis Ranson has met with Paralympian Amy Conroy and Bridgerton actors Kathryn Drysdale and Martins Imhangbe to reimagine the iconic ‘looks’ of Naomi Campbell, Victoria Beckham and Julien Macdonald, which previously graced the London Fashion Week catwalk. The short video series for Instagram, which will be released to coincide with London Fashion Week, see’s celebrity stylist Ellis Ranson dress Bridgerton’s very own Kathryn Drysdale in a Christian Dior power suit that Madame Delacroix herself would approve of.

Supporting the work of Cancer Research UK, Ellis is proudly showing how people can reduce their environmental impact, extend the life of clothes, and create a memorable outfit while still raising money for a vital cause.

Each celebrity has been styled head-to-toe in clothing generously donated to Cancer Research UK, which sells second-hand fashion in 600 charity shops across the UK and online at Depop, eBay, ASOS Marketplace and Vestiaire Collective.

Outfits were hand selected by Ellis to reflect the personalities of Amy, Kathryn and Martins, with Ellis and Kathryn focussing on ‘power dressing’ and how it can project authority and influence in women through the way they dress.

The first episode of the series, to be released on Saturday 11 June, will reveal Martins’ iconic ‘look’, inspired by Julien Macdonald’s catwalk outfit at London Fashion Week in 2018. The second episode, (Tuesday 14 June), will unveil Amy’s style, inspired by an outfit Naomi Campbell wore to the Natural History Museum during London Fashion Week 1993. Finally, series two will close out with Kathryn’s ‘look’, influenced by Victoria Beckham’s powerful and punchy ensemble at London Fashion Week 2019.

Julie Byard, director of trading at Cancer Research UK:

“Our charity shops have a fabulous choice of unique fashion pieces which people can purchase in store and online. In light of London Fashion Week and thanks to the incredible support of celebrity stylist Ellis Ranson, we’re showing that second-hand should never be seen as second choice. Whether you’re looking for one thing or a whole new outfit, chances are you’ll find something you love at a Cancer Research UK shop online or instore.

“We’re enormously grateful to everyone who chooses to donate, shop or volunteer at any one of our 600 Cancer Research UK shops, giving great quality home and fashion items a new lease of life. Money raised by products that have been generously donated to us helped raise more than £36 million to beat cancer last year.”

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