Breast Cancer Care, Annual Fashion Show, 2 October 2013
Breast Cancer Care's Annual Fashion show took place this week. Maxine, who was diagnosed in 2010, said: 'I wanted to do this to show anyone going through breast cancer that it isn't always life-threatening and you can still look and feel the same as before.'
Cherie Blair as a long standing Patron of Breast Cancer Care, was delighted to see so many stars from TV, Fashion and the sporting world turn out to attend the charity's annual fashion show on 2 October at the Grosvenor House, Marriott Hotel on Park Lane.
The annual event gives a chance to those who have been diagnosed with breast cancer to take their place on a glittering cat-walk, wearing the likes of Alexander McQueen, Vivienne Westwood, Stella McCartney, as well as lines from High Street stores such as Asda. Celebrity guests supporting the models included Penny Lancaster, Victoria Pendleton and Lydia Bright.
The models were transformed into catwalk queens and kings by world renowned fashion expert, Hilary Alexander, with help from choreographer, Lesley Goring. Their hair was transformed by stylists from Sassoon Salons with make up expertly applied by long-term supporters of Breast Cancer Care fashion show, Estée Lauder.
Breast Cancer is not just a devastating illness to be diagnosed with, but can leave many feeling a shadow of the former woman they were post surgery and chemotherapy, because of the devastating effects physically and psychologically to the most feminine part of their body.
The Breast Cancer Care Fashion show seeks to make the men and women taking part aim to be an inspiration to the 55,000 others in the UK who are diagnosed with breast cancer each year, proving they too can regain their beauty and dignity beyond the overwhelming news.
Cherie herself, as a patron of Breast Cancer Care, was personally effected by the illness having lost an aunt, with whom she was very close, a few years ago.