Wednesday, 18 November 2015

Diversity Fashion Show

Music to my ears..coming across an advertised Diversity Fashion Show a few weeks ago, I felt this was an opportunity not to be missed.  "Right up my street" as I heard it described, and rightly so.

Organised by Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council, the event marked the official launch of their Festival of Social Inclusion.

The show featured models from all areas of the community, as did the audience, at the Dundrum Town Centre. 

Of particular interest to myself, for obvious reasons, was the inclusion of people with disabilities as models.  Something I have been working on in the past with a charity fashion show, this is an issue you could say I feel strongly about.   
Great as it is to see events like this happen, I live for the day that these shows are no longer needed as we've already achieved inclusion within all areas of the fashion industry.  No harm in dreaming right?

Set near the ground floor entrance of the busy shopping centre, the show was well placed for optimum exposure, and audience participation certainly reflected this. 
The pink ground level catwalk succeeded in catching attention, though the unfortunate addition of two steps up to a platform caused me some concern given the nature of the show and the participants involved.

A very engaging and positive event however, the show certainly lived up to its aim of community involvement and participation. 

Clothes and accessories were provided by stores of Dundrum Town Centre, such as Penneys, Best, Coast and Lifestyle Sports, and outfits were put together by stylist Roxanne Parker. 
MC for the event was Andrea Hayes from Sunshine FM.  Hair and make up was taken care of by Hair and Beauty students of Sallynoggin College of Further Education.  

The models certainly gave it their all, and evidently enjoyed their modelling experiences.  With an inclusive mix of males and females, age groups, ethnic groups and abilities, community groups were well represented, with the inclusion of members of the local Garda Siochana for good measure!

With stellar modelling debuts, we saw some serious moves on the catwalk with enthusiastic support from audience and passers-by. 

Having been involved in a similar show last year for Social Inclusion Week, I was delighted to see the move to a new venue and wider participation both in the show and by onlookers.  The increase in both participant and audience numbers can only signify a positive result and provides encouragement for future inclusion initiatives. 

I've included below some of my favourite photos from the event, after some tough decision making.  

Congrats to all involved in creating this event, I'm already looking forward to seeing what next year's show has in store!

Do you have a favourite pic? Would you, or do you know anybody else that would love to participate in future shows such as these? Ah, go on, go on, go on..... 


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