Philanthropy | For Goodness’ Sake

Fashion aims to tackle the causes of knife crime

One-off pieces go on sale to support a social initiative

Fashion aims to tackle the causes of knife crime

September 19 2010
Lindsay Macpherson

While alumni of Central Saint Martins dominate London Fashion Week, some of its students are busy excelling at more altruistic pursuits. The anti-crime charity Art Against Knives was founded by Katy Dawe following an attack on fellow CSM student and promising designer Oliver Hemsley in 2008 that left him paralysed. “We hope to tackle the root causes of this kind of crime by getting troubled young people directly involved in the arts and fashion,” says Dawe.

To support its social initiatives and free creative workshops, Art Against Knives has collaborated with luxury boutique CoutureLab to host a series of sales that begin this week. Marios Schwab, Richard Nicoll (pictured: blue strapless dress), Christopher Kane, Philip Treacy and Nicholas Kirkwood are among the designers confirmed to donate one-off pieces to be sold online and in store.