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Leading haute couturist and top designers to showcase at Fashion Fest

03 October 2016

Europe’s leading haute couturist and top designers from throughout Ireland will be coming to the city’s Guildhall on Saturday 19th November to bring, what’s promising to be, the most spectacular runway of high fashion you’ll have seen this year.

Pictured is model on catwalk during FashionFest 2015

Organised as part of Derry City and Strabane District Council’s Fashion Fest 2016 programme, this runway show is set to raise the roof of one of the city’s most iconic landmark buildings, making it the most anticipated event of this year’s programme.

Louise Breslin, Programme Manager at Derry City and Strabane District Council commented, ‘We have haute couture designer Jen Kelly and the leading stars of Irish fashion - Una Rodden, Sara O’Neill and Lynsey McGarrigle already confirmed for the fashion show which will be hosted by Q Radio’s Stephen Clements and Kate Conway. They’ll be plenty to enjoy throughout the evening and a few surprises on the night, so make sure you don’t miss out!’

Produced and choreographed by Tracey Hall from the Style Academy in Belfast, it’s sure to be the hot ticket of the year. Tracey has revealed some details of what to expect at the fashion event of the year for the city and district, ‘Fashion Fest just continues to grow! We are thrilled to have ten top Irish designers showcasing and we have been inundated with applications from several fresh new, up and coming designers, all keen to take advantage of this unique platform to launch their career.

‘We can promise a showcase bigger and better than ever before. Choreography and rehearsals for our signature opening routine are well underway and we are excited to be working with designer Chloe Dougan who is creating the costumes incorporating body armour and metal to reflect the shows warrior/gladiatorial theme. The Guildhall is a perfect setting for what we have planned. It will be a spectacle not to be missed.’

The Fashion Show will be held in the Guildhall on Saturday 19th November 2016 with doors opening at 7.00pm. Fashion Fest events will take place from 18th until 20th November, details on the rest of the programme can be found at www.derrystrabane.com/fashionfest.