On 11th August 2007, 20 year-old Sophie Lancaster and her boyfriend Robert Maltby were kicked, stamped on and left unconscious – for nothing more than looking different. Sophie later died from her injuries.
The Sophie Lancaster Foundation was set up by Sylvia Lancaster, a youth worker and Sophie's mother, in her memory, and works to stamp out intolerance and discrimination in society. As a brand that promotes the right to experiment and self-express, Illamasqua is proud to support The Sophie Lancaster Foundation in its commitment to changing attitudes towards subcultures.
"Sylvia was recently awarded an OBE for her hard work to Stamp Out Prejudice, Hatred & Intolerance Everywhere in her daughters name."
The Foundation's key aim is to change a mindset in society by working with young people in schools to create understanding and awareness of subcultures. Through the development of its eye-catching educational S.O.P.H.I.E. game and training with Sylvia Lancaster, Sophie's mum, the Foundation is now helping teachers across the UK to educate a more tolerant and broad-minded generation of young people.
In tribute to Sophie, Illamasqua commissioned ‘Dark Angel’ in 2009 – a short film by award-winning French director, Fursy Teyssier, that’s a haunting rendition of Sophie’s story, featuring the music of iconic British band, Portishead.