From Saturday 28th April The Fashion Space will present a comprehensive programme of events from UK designers including Matty Bovan, Sadie Williams and Christopher Raeburn; alongside Fashion East alumni and Lulu Kennedy (MBE); Vogue’s Fashion Features Director, Claudia Croft and from the North: Fashioning Identities exhibition at Somerset House, co-curator Adam Murray.
The Fashion Space is housed on one of Leeds’ main shopping streets, Briggate, as part of this year’s Leeds International Festival; an annual celebration of new ideas, local creativity and international culture taking place from April 28th until May 12th 2018. The first festival took place in 2017 and brought 17,000 people into the city.
The Fashion Space programme aims to create an inspiring and educational series of high calibre fashion events, with both national and international credibility, bridging the gap between independent and high street retailers, designers, manufacturers and industry influencers whilst introducing the reality of the fashion industry to the public.
Cathy Dickson of Fashion in Leeds said: “2017 saw the realisation of The Fashion Space, as part of Leeds International Festival — the idea of a converted shipping container in the centre of Leeds on a busy weekend was to provide a space that offered people a rarely seen insight into the fashion industry.”
She adds: “The popularity of the runway was such that we have introduced four days of shows as part of our 2018 Fashion events and cannot wait to work everyone again!”