It’s time to reach for the ra-ra skirts and launder the legwarmers – or at least raid the charity shops – because eighties fashions are coming back with a vengeance! And to celebrate the decade that style (sometimes) forgot, a special event is taking place that will jog a few memories – and maybe cause a few cringes along the way.
The Walk of Life Fashion Show is a unique, retro-inspired gala being brought to Belfast on 28 April 2017 by the very same fashionistas who were there, slap-bang at the heart of the vibrant 1980s fashion scene here.
Organiser and ex-model Julie Duckworth is planning the event to raise much-needed funds for two charities close to her heart. Her father died 18 years ago from cancer and her mother passed away with Parkinson’s Disease in 2014, so Julie will be donating all proceeds from the event to the charities Parkinson’s UK and The Boom Foundation as a tribute to them both.
Proving that you’re never too old to be in vogue, Julie recruited a select team of (now) fifty-something models who cut their teeth during the ‘no-no-notorious’ New Romantic era to return to the catwalk once again to raise money for a very worthy cause.
She has also signed up some of Northern Ireland’s most well-known celebrities to take part and has already secured the support of popular faces including comedians Nuala McKeever, John Lenehan, Tim McGarry and George Jones, as well as current and former TV and radio hosts Stephen Clements, Alison Fleming and Paul Clark while rumour has it that Jimmy Nesbitt, Mary Peters, Eamonn Holmes and even Jamie Dornan may be putting in an appearance.
Cathy Martin, Director of Belfast Fashion Week, has been enlisted to run the show and, alongside Cool FM’s breakfast show host Pete Snodden, she will be compère for the evening, while Pete will also DJ the after-show 1980’s disco.
Julie said: “In September 2014 the most devastating, life-changing event happened to me when I lost my mother to Parkinson’s Disease. Eighteen years earlier my dad had succumbed to cancer. I was completely broken, with time on my side as a healer, I wanted to do something positive in their memory. Then, earlier this year, I met with Cathy and had the idea to organise a charity fashion show with some of the key models from the 1980s with a retro-themed back drop, in particular the music and film footage from that era. I had also noticed that there was a new trend for 50+ models and decided to pull all our ideas together into one fundraising extravaganza. I am really delighted with the support so far – from industry and from friends. We’ve sold out our front row tickets already, but have availability for the rest of the seats and we would love a full house, so I would love lots of people to buy tickets for friends and family as Christmas presents!”
The show will take place at the Crowne Plaza Hotel (formerly Ramada Plaza) on Friday 28 April 2017. Tickets, which cost £30, are available from Belfast Welcome Centre Box Office on 02890246609 or by clicking onto the following link:
https://visitbelfast.ticketsolve.com/shows/873560729/events The ticket price includes a sparkling wine reception plus a vintage video presentation pulled together by the team at Lyle Bailie, Julie’s former employers, along with the Walk of Life Fashion Show & celebrity entertainment. There will also be a performance by Ian Wilson (former guitarist with Sweet Savage) followed by an 80s Disco.
L-R (back row)
Nuala Meenehan, Derek Hastings, Susie Tan, Denise & Michael Tan, Maurice Hughes & Ellen Morelli
L-R (front row)
Julie Duckworth (organiser), Linda Keenan & Louise O’Reilly
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