Style at Stormont

by • March 14, 2013 • Events, FashionComments (0)1453



Some of Northern Ireland’s top emerging fashion and musical talent will be showcasing their skills at a fabulously fun fashion and music extravaganza in the beautiful and opulent surroundings of the Parliament buildings at Stormont on Saturday 04 May.

The chic black tie event which is being organised by Unify Collective Fashion Studio and sponsored by Aston Martin, Belfast, will provide a unique platform for both graduate and student designers to showcase their collections whilst also introducing the NI audience to musical entertainment from up and coming local bands.  All profits made from the evening will go towards Cinemagic, a charity supporting young people wishing to enter the film industry.

The invitation to hold the Unify Fashion Showcase at Stormont came from Basil McCrea MLA who is a strong supporter of Unify Fashion Studio, which provides local designers with a professionally fitted design studio including the best equipment and materials available, enabling young Northern Irish designers to hone their talents.  BBC Radio Ulster presenter and self-confessed fashion fan, Alan Simpson will host the evening.

Lucky ladies who snap up a ticket will see six emerging fashion designers feature their covetable pieces for autumn/winter ‘13 throughout various rooms of the building.  A selection of up and coming student designers from Belfast Metropolitan College will also be given a segment of the evening to showcase their work along with  jewellery and millinery designers B’Jewelled Bridal, Melanie Bond and Aura. Guests can relax and unwind with live music, a DJ set, food and drink right through to midnight before taking home a fabulous goodie bag at the end of the evening.

Unify studio manager and designer David Henderson said they are delighted to be given such a beautiful and historic platform to showcase the talent of local designers and musicians:  “The current economic climate makes it hard for talented designers to gain employment and engage with retailers to nurture their career as a successful designer and at Unify we really aim to change this.

“The Unify Fashion Showcase will be a collaboration of many young and established creative individuals within the fashion and music industry in Northern Ireland. We hope to highlight this artistic talent by creating a night to remember of high-fashion and entertainment in aid of ‘Cinemagic’.”

Children’s charity Cinemagic has developed a worldwide reputation for excellence in children’s programming and is currently the largest film event of its kind for young people in Ireland and the UK. Designed for and by young people the organisation caters for creative youngsters (aged 4 to 25) with just about every level of interest in film, whether to watch and enjoy, create their own work or take things a stage further and find out more about a career in the film or television industry.

Joan Burney Keatings, PR Chief Executive of Cinemagic said they are delighted to be working in partnership with an initiative that supports young creative talent, she said: “Cinemagic’s ethos is to educate, motivate and inspire young people through the creative industries. We really appreciate the effort involved in organising this event which is supporting the work of Cinemagic and enabling opportunities for young people.”

The Unify Fashion Showcase will take place on Saturday 04 May with a drinks reception at 7pm with food served from 8-10pm. Tickets cost £30 each and are available through Unify and supporting shops ( 028 9023 6452)




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