Media release: TEAM fashionABLE is back on the runway for yet another inspiring fashion show this autumn

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Year of Youth 2018 #YOYP2018

THIS autumn, fashionABLE fashion show, is part of the very first Inclusive Fashion Week that will be launched on the 5th of November at St Margaret’s House, Drawing Room (3rd floor), Edinburgh, with the support of Upward Mobility and Models of Diversity.

This non-profit event aims to platform and promote diversity, integrity and inclusion in the fashion industry as well as society through exciting fashion. FashionABLE this autumn will be focusing on Year of Youth, led by young people and for young people – but, no matter the age, everyone is welcome.

After two successful events,, both held in a Edinburgh Waverley Station, this year’s fashion show will take place in the iconic Scottish Parliament on the 8 November – chosen as the venue to raise awareness and celebrate Year of Youth, as well global citizenship and global learning.

Kezia Dugdale, MSP for Edinburgh and the Lothians and co-convener of the Cross-Party Group on Children and Young People, said: “I’m delighted to be co-sponsoring this non-profit fashion show, which will send a powerful message about diversity, inclusion and equality.

“What I love about this idea is that it will feature people of all ages, shapes and sizes, cultures, abilities and disabilities. Nobody will be excluded from the catwalk, and that’s the way it should be. The fashion world in Paris, Milan or New York may lack diversity, but diversity will be embraced in this Holyrood fashion show.

“Good luck to everyone involved in this inspiring event.”

Inclusive Fashion Week, lead organiser, Tania Pramschufer, added: “fashionABLE is developing from strength to strength and this year it is all the more special, as the event is being organised by us for Year of Youth in The Scottish Parliament. FashionABLE is a not-for-profit event that exists just because it can and brings people together from all walks of life.

“This year, we are delighted to launch Inclusive Fashion Week which we hope other events will want to be part of our fashion revolution, over this next months and years. In addition, this year, we are incorporating fashion design workshops, led by top industry experts, demonstrating inclusive and diverse fashion, created with integrity.”

During the launch, everyone attending will have a chance to meet most of the designers participating at this year’s fashion show; see some of their amazing designs; watch the workshops organised and filmed specifically for this fashionABLE occasion.

A range of talented, bold and edgy designers are taking part this year including Lubi Lykan who specialises in Harris Tweed couture, special occasion dresses, jackets, fantasy and movie costumes; Ali Webster who is an environmentally conscious designer, dressmaker and sewing tutor with over 20 years’ experience; Isabell Buenz who specialises in upcycling but is also a unique paper dresses designer; Alison Harm with funky modern as well traditional Scottish designs; ReMode Collective with upcycled/recycled fashion; recently graduated Stephanie Wilson with very bold, eye-catching and strong messages behind her creations; as well Luigi Maldera, stylist for the 2nd fashionABLE show who has recently launched his first collection in Spain.

As well as, up and coming Rhys McKenna – outstanding menswear and April Hay – timeless designs, textile creations and Christina Wong, zero waste and upcycling textile designer.

Creative fashion and design workshops included Ali Webster’s Sustainable Fashion Workshop: Trash to Couture; Isabell Buenz’ Paper Accessorize Workshop; Alison Harm’s ‘Christmas Tote Bag Workshop'; Remode Collective’s ReDesign and ReMake and Lubi Lykan’s Harris Tweed fascinators – also using World Fair Trade Tartan.

Scottish menswear designer, Rhys McKenna, added: “As an initiative that champions inclusivity and diversity within fashion, fashionAble is one of many platforms powerfully adding to the potent conversation and tangible evidence of progressive change within the fashion industry. Most importantly it prompts all individuals to feel they can belong in the industry.”


Background to fashionABLE

fashionABLE was first launched in September 2016 – highlighting that diversity in life does not mean exclusion from the catwalk – as people of all ages, shapes, cultures, abilities and/or disabilities took part in the show and were received by large enthusiastic crowds.

Participating in this event will provide young people with all levels of abilities and disabilities with something very positive to be involved. We believe that everyone should have equal opportunities to be fully ingrained within this whole project, from the initial planning stages to the delivery of the event with all its aspects on the day including organisation, runway scheduling, styling, decoration, music & dance team and modelling.

This is an event that supports education, acceptance and equality, where young people will be at the heart of it all.

Please join and spread the word on this year’s fashionABLE platforming ‘empowerment’ and ‘global citizenship’ by young people and for young people.

Notes to editors:

Venue for 5 November 2018 St Margaret’s House has been a creative hub for many designers who have been involved with fashionABLE project this time as well as previously, so is a very special home, as well for Hand Up Events and UpMo and many others.

Hand Up Events, run by Tania Pramschufer, is an ethical events company that focuses on cultural exchange, primarily platforming and promoting Fair Trade as well ethical and local trade through high footfall locations.

Hand Up events are unique in that there are organisations attending their events from around the globe that come to sell and promote their ethical and fairtrade products in Scotland, creating a circular economy that benefits everyone within the chain.

Upward Mobility is a registered charity and support service provider working with adults with physical and intellectual disabilities in Edinburgh and East Lothian. Our goal is to challenge our students to learn, achieve and grow through an individualised program of challenging, creative and positive workshops and experiences.

Models of DiversityAngel Sinclair, founder asked: Where are the models of colour? The larger models? The shorter models? The models with a disability? The older models?

Models of Diversity is the campaign for more diversity in the models we see every day. We call on the fashion, beauty and marketing industries to recognise the beauty in people of all races, ages, shapes, sizes and abilities. Our mission is to change the face of fashion and modelling. Clearly, not just anyone can be a model; a successful model must have a special beauty, confidence, professionalism, ability to take direction, even artistic awareness. But no one with those talents should be excluded from the industry on arbitrary grounds. And no one should feel shut out from the modern presentation of beauty.

Angel is a former model herself. She founded the campaign after appearing on Gok’s Miss Naked Beauty in 2008. Angel was struck by the great variety of beautiful women participating in the event and how that contrasted with the narrow range we see in the fashion industry. That’s when she decided, to promote using models that reflect the diversity in society, in race, shape, age and ability.

fashionABLE Designers include

Lubi Lykan
Ali Webster
Isabell Buenz
Alison Harm
Remode Collective
Stephanie Wilson
Luigi Maldera
Rhys McKenna
April Hay

Christina Wong

Olya Arren

Hand Up Events/ fashionABLE team

fashionABLE organiser | 07958462525

Tania Pramschufer

Hand Up Events

Director | 07914 254 334

For further press information, contact:

Fiona Stewart

PR Consultant

Interwoven PR


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