Runway on the Runway was one of the most innovative and exciting fashion events of 2013. This glittering fashion extravaganza was staged BY young people to raise money FOR young people. It highlighted the glamour, the enterprise and community spirit of Manchester and quite literally made Manchester sparkle!
Pupils from ten chosen schools modelled the latest in Prom fashions. They were given expert tuition from Boss Model Management, choreographer Anne Finnegan and master classes in hair and make-up.
The location for the event was the stunning Concorde Conference Centre at Manchester Airport, home of one of aviation`s most iconic symbols-Concorde. The catwalk ran underneath this spectacular aircraft, making this quite literally the Concorde catwalk!
In the lead-up to the event the team held a Design a Prom Dress competition which was open to students from all schools in and around Greater Manchester and Cheshire, and the winners were announced live on stage during the evening. The twelve finalists all turned their ideas into Prom dresses with help from the Textile Department of Manchester Metropolitan University under the supervision of Head of Fashion, Caroline Herz. The dresses were modelled on the night on the Concorde Catwalk and the winners were chosen by Caroline and top Manchester fashion designer, Vicky Martin.
First place went to Laura Bella-Taberno of Manchester High School for Girls, pictured bottom right (l-r) Margo Cornish, Producer; Laura Bella-Taberno, Shane Wardle-Porcelli’s dress modelled by his friend, Vicky Martin, Caroline Herz and Rosie Crawford.
A close second was Shane Wardle-Porcelli from Tytherington High School and third was Rosie Crawford of Hazel Grove High School who, at 14, was one of the youngest entrants. Laura will receive the “money can’t buy” prize of a week’s work experience with Vicky Martin as well as a sewing machine donated by John Lewis. Our judges said the standard was incredibly high and the result was very close.
The event was a triumph for the whole Runway of the Runway team. A selection of images are provided below and you can see more and buy pictures from Ian Howarth Photography.
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