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Maurice Sanders

Residents at Princes Risborough-based care home, Icknield Court, proved that you don’t have to be Stella McCartney or Victoria Beckham to produce contemporary fashion design, following their creation of a dress made solely of coins.

With vintage wear very much ‘de rigueur’ it was decided that a dress of coins would be produced as part of a craft programme involving residents – many of whom are living with dementia and find such projects as a means of expressing themselves by drawing on artistic flair.

Pennies were collected from friends and families of those living at Icknield Court.  

Residents helped to clean the pennies and restore them to their former glory. The result was a beautiful dress, constructed with a ‘heavy duty’ paper lining, covered in delicate pennies and flowers. 
To add an extra dimension to the project, residents were challenged to guess how many coins made up the dress and the total value of them. 

Winners were resident, Maurice Sanders (pictured above), and team member Jane Hamilton, who were both awarded with certificates. 

Commenting on this, Sheila Gabbott and Rosemary Hicks from the activities team at Icknield Court, said:

The idea behind the dress was to encourage residents and team members to collaborate on a creative project, from conception through to completion. “The result is a stunning dress that is now exhibited in our reception area and would not be out of place on a catwalk.

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