Humans of DUCFS - Experiences of Our 2020 Models

December 9, 2020

Thinking of becoming part of the UK’s largest student charity fundraiser? With model auditions scheduled for the 23rd/24th and 30th/31st of January (with location TBA), we caught up with some of last year’s models about their experience modelling and what their favourite takeaways from last year were - and ultimately why you should audition!

Mkuzo Kuwani

Describe your DUCFS 2020 experience.

To put it simply, my DUCFS experience was an enriching one. I enjoyed being part of a significant movement that encompassed all of Durham in a creative and enjoyable way, as well as learning about the pressing societal issues within the fashion industry.

What was your favourite memory from DUCFS 2020?

Being able to shout “what day is it today?” and everyone in the change room responding with ‘GAME DAY BABY!’

On a serious note, apart from being able to meet new people and be part of such a motivating team, realising that the months of hard work we put in resulted in our raising £171,000 was the biggest takeaway for me.

What was your favourite outfit?

Fola Adeleke in Root.

What was your favourite walk?

Amplification.


Kate Gaukrodger

Describe your DUCFS 2020 experience.

DUCFS 2020 was a weekend I will never forget! The DUCFS team, the designers, the music, the atmosphere, and the £171,000 raised made my experience so special. The adrenaline you feel on the night as everything comes together is like no other feeling - I wish everyone could experience what I did!

What was your favourite memory from DUCFS 2020?

This is a tough question because the whole weekend is a favourite memory of mine. I think it would have to be opening the Amplification walk with Alex. We had done DUCFS together for three years and so it was special to be able to open such a cool walk with her.

What was your favourite outfit?

Celine Zara in Amplification.

What was your favourite walk?

...Amplification! Or the Revival Swimwear walk - the energy is insane!!




Ross Moldavsky 

Describe your DUCFS 2020 experience.

DUCFS 2020 was the perfect balance between enjoyment and contributing to a great cause. I am grateful that I had the opportunity to work with such talented people and more importantly, be a part of an important movement. It was definitely one of the highlights of my time at Durham and I would recommend it to anyone!

What was your favourite memory from DUCFS 2020?

This is a tough question, as the entire experience is just one fun memory. But if I had to think of one it would probably be all the time spent backstage at the venue. The atmosphere in the changing rooms was unmatched; we were all cheering each other on and just having a good time.

What was your favourite outfit?

My favourite outfit was the white suit by Monad, that I wore in the opening walk of the show. It was a very elegant piece, yet simple at the same time.

What was your favourite walk?

My favourite walk was the Trap. The combination of the leather clothing, fast paced music and sharp choreography, made it visually appealing and powerful.



Hélène d'Orléans

Describe your DUCFS 2020 experience.

I applied to be a model for the 2020 show not really knowing what to expect. It was better than any experience I had in mind and definitely one of the highlights of my second year.

What I loved most was getting to know the team, through the socials, the rehearsals and the shoots I was involved in. We had so many opportunities to bond with the other models and develop lasting friendships. Finally, the shows themselves were an absolutely incredible experience. The mixture of nerves and excitement was unlike anything I had felt before, and it was really nice having the team supporting each other backstage.

What was your favourite memory from DUCFS 2020?

My favourite memory was the rehearsals. It was so nice being all together and getting a proper opportunity to talk to each other. Through the rehearsals, I also got to meet the exec as they were teaching us the walks. The whole vibe was super friendly and funny. Most importantly, the rehearsals are when we start getting hyped for the show!

What was your favourite outfit?

My favourite outfit was the Alice Pons corset with the Mima Price jeans. The corsets looked sick and the whole outfit was so comfortable. Although it was quite casual, it felt like such a power outfit with the heels.

What was your favourite walk?

My favourite walk was the “Silence”. A pianist was playing and singing “Magnetised” by Tom Odell which sounded incredible and made the whole vibe really absorbing and intense. Through the outfits, especially the masks that the boys were wearing, and the rhythm of the walk, I really felt like we were expressing a message: the silence and ignorance of human trafficking and unethical clothes production.


Davide Bertone


Describe your DUCFS 2020 experience.

Incredible to experience, hard to describe. No better way to meet people from all over Durham who you would never meet otherwise. For me especially, it made me grow a lot as an individual given that it involved pushing myself out of my comfort zone. 

DUCFS helped me develop my passion for meeting new people and gave me a chance to learn a lot about sustainable fashion and the charities DUCFS partnered with last year, Stop the Traffik and Fashion Revolution.

What was your favourite memory from DUCFS 2020?

The moment just before you go on stage. There is a moment of calm as everyone focuses on final adjustments or is reviewing their individual choreography for the upcoming walk. You can hear the crowd outside and you gradually get more and more excited. Then you feel that rush of adrenaline as you step into the light and on stage. Very special.

What was your favourite outfit?

Analise Atkinson was very cool.

What was your favourite walk?

The final walk - I got to walk off last to such a banger -  'On My Mind - Jorja Smith X Preditah'.



Sophie Davis


Describe your DUCFS 2020 experience.

For the past two years, DUCFS has been the highlight of my time at Durham. It’s really empowering to be part of a project that is so much bigger than just the fashion show. Also it’s such a creative environment to be in, which is sometimes lacking in Durham.

On a more personal level, it has been a great way to meet new people that you wouldn’t normally have crossed paths with. Also, the two charities really ignited my interest in sustainability and fast fashion, which I’ve now decided to take further and do my dissertation on.

What was your favourite memory from DUCFS 2020?

Definitely has to be the final night when the total amount raised came up on the screens.

What was your favourite outfit?

Etta Lathan Pons.

What was your favourite walk?

Trap.




DUCFS 2021 Model Auditions - 23rd/24th and 30th/31st January.