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What would a fashion show for real people look like?

Organisers are celebrating the success of ‘Eclectic Catwalk’ which took place at Northampton’s  Guildhall, writes Liz Carroll-Wheat.

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Age UK, School of Life and Voluntary Impact Northampton worked with local businesses to create a truly different catwalk fashion show.

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The whole project created models from across the generations, to walk the catwalk together and BOY did they bring the house down!

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Having sold out the venue, the models, local people from 18 to 80, gave a stunning show, wowing the crowd and amazing themselves!

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The ethos of the event started with local Intergenerational Project, School of Life, whose aim it is to bring different age groups together, to exchange skills or create new activities.

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Coordinator Liz Carroll-Wheat worked with local theatre creative Tamsyn Payne, to bring together a varied partnership with organisations Age UK, vintage shops, boutiques, hair stylists, production crew and DJs.

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The eclectic title not only referred to the huge age range of models, but also a truly innovative mix of vintage style and boutique chic, all from local businesses.

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The event also provided brilliant training experience for University of Northampton and Northampton College students, on event and make-up courses.

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Months of work took place, scouting models, learning to walk the catwalk with sass and style, creating the clothing and music, mixing charity shop chic with boutique style and vintage fashion.

The participants transformed in to Catwalk divas!

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Thanks from the organisers goes to both NBC Pensioners Forum and Northamptonshire Community Foundation, for funding and support.

A superb night out. Northampton was out in droves, truly celebrating the eclectic!

Pictures by Joe Brown

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