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Tuesday, 8 October, 2002, 00:22 GMT 01:22 UK
Brownies unveil designer uniforms
Brownies wearing the new Capellino uniforms
Brownies will enjoy new activities as well as uniforms
A new designer uniform for Brownies is being unveiled on Tuesday as part of a revamp of the girl guide section.

Ally Capellino, designer to the stars, was brought in to give a new edge to the long-worn brown and yellow tunic and scarf.

Now, young girls will be sporting fashionable boot cut trousers, sky blue highlights on hooded jackets, and long and short sleeved shirts.


Brownies used to be all buttons and badges but things have changed since then

Designer Ally Capellino

The revamp is part of Girlguiding UK's wider review of its Brownies section which is for girls aged between seven and 10.

It will also see a new programme of activities for 2003.

Designer Capellino, whose celebrity clients include Kate Moss, Sadie Frost and Zoe Ball, said: "Revamping the Brownie wear has been stimulating and rewarding for me.

"It's great to work with the girls, listen to their ideas and learn by their comments.

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Brownie fashion

"They're such a great bunch and their reactions and excitement when they tried on the clothes was wonderful."

Capellino redesigned the Girl Guide uniform in 2000 for 10 to 14-year-olds and consulted the children, their parents and Brownie leaders to come up with the latest range.

'Very exciting'

She said: "I used to be a Brownie when it was all buttons and badges but things have changed since then.

"The kids want something more fashionable and the parents want something washable and user friendly."

Susan Kay-Williams, spokeswoman for Girlguiding UK, said: "The girls wanted something more fashionable but were still very proud of their name and wanted to keep it."

The result is a more comic-style font for the Brownies logo, a brighter shade of yellow and stripes featuring on many of the clothes.

Ms Kay-Williams added: "Lots of adults might be sad to see the uniform change but if you're eight it's very exciting.

"These new girls will have equally fond memories of their new uniform.

"It shows we are relevant to contemporary girls and that the Brownies still has the same core values but is moving forwards and isn't stuck in the past."


Brownie fashion

Brownie fashion


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