Fashion'S COOL

by Fashion'S COOL in Dunbar, East Lothian Council, United Kingdom

We did it
On 21st April 2023 we successfully raised £10,170 with 56 supporters in 32 days

To aid the Dunbar-based Fashion School in the growth and development of its innovative engagement projects within the community.

by Fashion'S COOL in Dunbar, East Lothian Council, United Kingdom

 New stretch target

Set up a mentoring programme for vulnerable women teaching through the art of fashion drsign

The Fashion School - an introduction:


The Fashion School, established in 2011, is a social enterprise based in Dunbar with the aim of enabling children and young people who were struggling in school to gain skills and confidence while learning how to design and make their own garments.


1679923647_1679923647107.jpegOver the next 18 years, The Fashion School expanded to include people of all ages from across East Lothian and for almost two decades we've created a huge social impact as we address loneliness and isolation, mental health issues and lack of transferrable skills and confidence.  We also have an intergenerational project which won the 2019 Generations Working Together National awards for "Reducing Loneliness and Isolation" and "Scotland's Most Innovative Project"

We employ some of our graduates who have gained their National 5 SVQ in Fashion Design & Textile Technology at the Fashion School & though our employability courses. Who have gone on to teach and help out in future projects run by the fashion including Summer Schools, Girls Allowed and Fashionkidstas.


We need your help to bring some exciting new opportunities to life:

We now have a 1679930441_child.jpegreally exciting opportunity to widen our project but  we need your help.  Outerspaces, who provide free space for artists and creative practitioners, recently gave us a short term lease on an amazing temporary showroom in a prime location in our Capital City - Edinburgh.

We want to use this space to host a fashion extravaganza where our students will have the opportunity to showcase the work they have created over the years. We'll also use the event as an opportunity to celebrate everyone who has worked with and supported us through our journey.

1679930726_huda_word.jpegGoing forward, our work in Edinburgh will include a mentoring and support programme for vulnerable women, particularly those from refugee communities. The aim of this project is to boost confidence, support mental health and enable skill development. Together we'll produce an exciting new capsule collection. This work will be led by Huda Abdulgader who has trained with The Fashion School for over 10 years.

Meet The Team

Jacqui, Founder & Director of the Fashion School.

1679928994_jacqui.jpegJacqui is a professional fashion designer with 30 years experience in the international fashion industry. She has shown her collections all over the world. At the height of her career, she had her three children and became a full-time single mum which lead to her International career being put on hold and the creation of the Fashion School.
Qualifications:  Degree in "Clothing Studies and Associateship of the Clothing and Footwear Institute",  PDA in Assessment using direct and indirect methods SCOF Level 8, Dementia training

Alicia, Admin and Social Media Co-ordinator

1679948446_meet_the_team.jpgBy day, Alicia is the Property Marketing Manager for an East Lothian Estate Agent but, in her spare time, she is involved in all our social media and crowdfunding projects.

Huda, Fashion Tutor and Design Assistant


Huda gained one of our SVQ in Fashion Design and Textile Technology and has since gone on to work for the fashion school sharing her knowledge and teaching many students.

Caroline, Fashion Tutor 

Caroline gaine1679929134_caroline.jpegd one of our SVQ in Fashion Design and Textile Technology and became part of our team teaching and helping out in projects. Caroline has also gone on to set up her own business "La Robe a Caro".  

Fraser, Tutor, film maker and photographer 

1679929208_fraser.jpegFraser gained one of our SVQ in Fashion Design and Textile Technology and has since joined the team to capture the fashion school and all its best moments! If its anything to do with technology fraser is your person - p creating high quality photographs and films for a number of our projects.

Gill, Tutor

1679948951_gill.jpgGill was given a Community Excellence Award in 2022 in recognition of her work with the local community. With an HNC in social care, along with her wealth of wisdom and fun personality, Gill provides support and encouragement to our students.  

Choose a reward for donating

Here are just some of the rewards you could select when donating.

MASK U1679929572_mask.jpgP YOUR STYLE
Choose one of our Fashion School limited edition masks. This triple layer mask is 100% cotton, made in three pieces with the Fashion School logo.  15

FOR E1679929626_1679929626205.jpegVERY BODY
Choose one of our Fashion School limited edition adult sweatshirts with the logo colour of your choice.  100.

1679929732_classic.jpgCLASSIC OR FUNKY
Your chance to own a retro classic original by Jacqui Burke (images are for reference only). Choose from Jacqui Burke Retro Classic Skirt or Trousers. 500, Jacket or Dress  1,000 or Coat  2,500.

1679930213_make_the_most.jpegMAKE THE MOST OF YOURSELF Choose a fashion designer makeover with hair stylist & makeup artist, professional photographer with photoshoot & digital prints included.  350.

TREAT1679929852_1679929851867.jpeg YOURSELF FOR A SPECIAL OCCASION
A one off commission to create a designer wedding dress or suit.  5,000.



This project offers rewards in return for your donation. Please select a reward below.

£25 or more

Front Row Seat at our Fashion Event 14/5/23

Front seats at our fabulous fashion event on Sunday, 23 April 2023 with fizz, mocktail or cocktail.

£15 or more

2 of 25 claimed

Designer Mask

Exclusive and limited edition JB mask with white logo

£50 or more

Children’s Limited Edition T-Shirt with JB logo

Designer limited edition children's sweatshirt with JB Logo - made to order. Available in a variety of colours.

£100 or more

Adult Limited Edition Sweatshirts with JB Logo

Designer limited edition adult sweatshirt with JB Logo - made to order. Available in a variety of colours.

£250 or more

Personal Shopping Experience

Enjoy a personal shopping trip in Edinburgh with a fashion designer who will give you advice on styles that suit your figure, colours that bring out your skin tones and show you clothes that promote body confidence for your personality and shape.

£350 or more

Makeover - hair and make up

Enjoy a fashion designer makeover with hair stylist and makeup artist, professional photographer with photoshoot. Digital prints included.

£500 or more

0 of 2 claimed

Retro Classic Jacqui Burke Skirt or Trousers

Your chance to own a retro classic/original Jacqui Burke pair of trousers or skirt.

£1,000 or more

0 of 4 claimed

Retro Classic Jacqui Burke Jacket or Dress

Your chance to own a retro classic/original Jacqui Burke jacket or dress.

£2,500 or more

0 of 1 claimed

Retro Classic Jacqui Burke Coat

Your chance to own a retro classic/original Jacqui Burke coat.

£5,000 or more

Bespoke designer occasion outfit (wedding/suit)

A one off commission - bespoke designer wedding dress or suit.

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