The Cambridge University Charity Fashion Show seems to have relocated. We have come to know the halls of the Corn Exchange well as Cambridge’s set fashion venue, but this year’s committee are changing it up in an effort for an enhanced and more immersive experience. This year, CUCFS will take place in the Cambridge Guildhall. The site where Charles Cowles-Voysey’s 1939 hall now stands has been occupied by all manner of different buildings dating from 1220 – from synagogue to prison, from covered marketplace to tollbooth.
Nowadays, if passing the building, one is likely to see nervous HSPS students either entering for their exams or leaving, coated in champagne, or pumped up boxers, waiting for the annual Town vs. Gown match to start. So why have this year’s committee decided to move a street away into market square and this unusual new location?
A look inside the building offers all the answers. It’s grand staircase, huge organ, and gilded details throughout are just a few of the reasons that this building is something special. The President of CUCFS, Alexandra Sive, explains – “we’re thrilled to be working with Cambridge Live again, who manage both the Corn Exchange and the Guildhall. This year we wanted a more ornate location, to mirror the aesthetic of our designers and their creations – the Guildhall was the perfect fit.”
Why after all is the fashion show such a hit in Cambridge? Not only do Cantabs enjoy getting suited and booted, but they also like a change of scene. There is always something exciting about seeing somewhere new. I, for one, am looking forward to see how CUCFS’ new location might spice up one of the most sought-after nights in Cambridge.