Second finale show in pipeline for Dundee Fashion Week due to high demand

Models on the runway during a previous Dundee and Angus College fashion show.

Organisers of Dundee Fashion Week say they are overbooked for its grand finale — and a second show is now in the works.

The event, which is being backed by the Tele, will be staged from May 7-13 in venues around the city.

Iconic locations including the Overgate, McManus, HM Frigate Unicorn and the Steeple Church will host showcases for local talent.

And the climax will be a catwalk show at the Caird Hall on May 13.

Organisers of the festival — the first of its kind in Dundee — have now revealed that because of the interest already shown in the catwalk, they are drawing up plans for a second event.

Details of what the second show could involve are yet to be finalised, but fashion week founder Alexandra Harnett said discussions were under way.

She told the Tele: “All the initial signs are looking good for the fashion week.

“We are now operating a waiting list for the finale. We are looking at a second event and are going to have to discuss it. We cannot have a second finale-type event, but we will look at possibly doing a student-type event.”

Alexandra, who previously described the support for the festival as “fantastic”, said designers had the chance of applying to be part of the catwalk finale on a “first-come, first-served” basis.

The aim of the event is to celebrate everything that influences the world of fashion.

There will be events based on style, beauty, fitness, health and wellbeing and trends.

The origins of the fashion week come from the annual Dundee and Angus College Fashion Show, with students set to be heavily involved in the behind-the-scenes running of the new event. They will also provide their own designs and work for the final show.

Alexandra said it was a great opportunity for the students to learn real working skills.

She said: “It will be a chance for the students to gain skills in promoting, marketing and networking, which they will need following completion of their studies.”

Fashion designer David Alexander said he hoped the event would bring people back to the roots of the creative industries in Dundee.

He said: “We need to wake up Dundee and revive the creative industries.”

For more information on the event visit dundeefashionweek.com.

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