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UCD students hit catwalk once again for Fashion Show

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fter months of planning UCD Fashion Show, sovaldi “Europe’s largest and most glamorous student-run fashion show”, capsule is set to take place in O’Reilly Hall on Tuesday 21st and Wednesday 22nd of February.

This will be the 26th UCD Fashion Show. The show’s communication manager, Aisling Billington, told The College Tribune: “we’ve produced a really strong show and have some excellent students involved’’.

Stylist Roxanne Parker will be returning for a second year to style the sixty models included in the show. The Fashion Show Committee believe that this year “will be an even better show” and said they are “honoured to work with such a sought after name in the fashion industry’’.

This year’s theme is fashion and music throughout the ages, which the Committee feel is “sure to be not only absolutely beautifully put together, but there’ll also be a few laughs out loud moments as the models have fun with it.’’

Billington informed the Tribune that BodyWise gave a talk on healthy eating at the first rehearsal to the models. The organisers encourage a “healthy attitude” and try to choose models that represent UCD’s range of students. She does not believe the show can be criticised for only picking “stick thin girls”. Billington laughs that after the press call all the models “ended up in Captain America’s for burgers!”

Entertainment for this year’s show will include Dublin singer-songwriter Paddy Casey and De_mau5, as well as dance routines from DanceSoc.  Spin 103.8’s resident DJ’s will be hosting the night.

The show will also include awards for Young Designer of the Year and Model of the Year. Entrants will be evaluated by a panel of judges, including Stellar magazine editor Corina Gaffney and stylist Courtney Smith. The winner of Young Designer of the Year will win a portfolio shoot with photographer Agata Stoinska. The model chosen as Model of the Year will receive a one year contract with Assets modelling agency and as a spread in Stellar magazine.

The show is in aid of the Mark Owens Medical Fund. The Charity was set up in April 2011 with a target of raising €1 million to help Marc, an eighteen year old Dublin City University student, pay for his ongoing medical treatment. Marc suffers from a very rare and aggressive form of cancer, which has less than 200 known cases worldwide.

The recession has had an effect on the planning of the show, with clothes being chosen from a mix of high street and designer sources. Billington hopes that this will help students find the show “more accessible”. She told the College Tribune that she wants “people to come along and be wowed by what they saw, but also be able to afford to recreate the looks’’.

Tickets have been on sale for (how long maybe?) for the shows from the models, SU outlets and a stand located in the Arts Block, ranging from €10 to €15.

Sophie Kelly

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