Underground Style Goes Overground At Belfast’s First Alternative Fashion Week

A SERIES of creative fashion shows are set to take Northern Ireland by storm as Belfast’s inaugural Alternative Fashion Week launches.

As the brainchild of Belfast photographer Shelley Rodgers the four main shows will cover everything from fairytale, gore and body art to older, mobility impaired and LGBT models.

“Belfast Alternative Fashion Week is an exciting collection of unique and visually spectacular creative catwalk shows. It’s a first for Northern Ireland and we’re bringing together some of the country’s leading creative industries whilst inviting the best from across Europe to contribute to each show. We’re telling people to expect the unexpected” said Shelley.

For Shelley launching Belfast Alternative Fashion Week in November is a dream come true, as a creative photographer she has a passion to bring alternative looks and styles to the fore.

Alternative models Seeb Gulzar and Heather McLean

Alternative models Seeb Gulzar and Heather McLean.  Pic: Debbie Deboo.

She said: “In Northern Ireland I feel there’s a misconception that in order to exist in the fashion industry you have to conform to a particular look, be a certain size or fall within a designated age range.

“Almost by accident we seem to conform to one small idea of what the fashion and beauty industry wants or entails and that’s just not true.

Alternative model Heather McLean hits the streets of Belfast flyering for the forthcoming Belfast Alternative Fashion Week running from November 15 to December 4. For more information log onto www.equalfashionmagazine.com #BAFW16

Alternative model Heather McLean. Pic: Debbie Deboo.

“You only have to walk down the street to see the creativity of our fashion industry and see how style and trend is translated by everyone you meet.”

While the show is rooted firmly in Belfast it will have an international flavour with fashion designers, models and photographers as well as makeup artists and musicians from London, Amsterdam, America and throughout Europe.

Events will be staged in the Elmwood Hall, the Europa Hotel, Titanic Suite all culminating in a grand finale in the Whitla Hall with music and an exhibition of the best of the events.

The four main Belfast Alternative Fashion Week shows are:

Fairytale & Gore Show

Tuesday November 15, 2016
Elmwood Hall, Queen’s University
Experience everything from special effects, horror and gore to fairy fantasy and twilight dreams.
Tickets £30, www.tinyurl.com/BAFWshow1

Body Art ‘n’ Ink Show

Wednesday November 16, 2016
Europa Hotel, Belfast
For some the body is a canvas to explore our creative sides. See the masters at work on this catwalk.
Tickets £30, www.tinyurl.com/BAFWshow2

Titanic Queer Show

Thursday November 17, 2016
The Titanic Suite, Titanic Belfast
Flamboyant and fabulous, this vibrant, colourful show will leave you definitely wanting more.
Tickets £30, www.tinyurl.com/BAFWshow3

The Grand Finale Audio Visual Show

Sunday December 4, 2016
Whitla Hall, Queen’s University, Belfast
A culmination of all shows with an added spectacular audio and visual experience.
Tickets £35, www.tinyurl.com/BAFWshow4

For more information log onto www.equalfashionmagazine.com.
#BAFW16 – @BAFW16 – www.facebook.com/belfastalternativefashionweek

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Abby Williams
Belfast based author/writer specialising in entertainment, mental health and human interest.