Yorkshire's top fashion fundraising event, Fashion Fiesta 2019 is returning to the catwalk. Fashion Fiesta was founded in 2015 by the director at Shoo Social Media, Rachel Hatfield. In 2015, the show took place in Bradford, acting as a fundraiser for Action in the Community. That first show featured 6 designers, 15 models and 6 make up artists. The reach of the project has since grown, increasing the amount of money raised and the number of aspiring designers assisted.

Last year, Fashion Fiesta raised £3500 for PEER Support, supporting those affected by cyberbullying, and Simon on the Street, a Yorkshire-based charity focusing on helping the homeless. This year, we intend to do even more.

Founder Rachel Hatfield said: "We are beyond excited for this year's show. We have more designers, more models, more make up artists than the years previous and two fantastic charities in which we intend to give all the help we can. We hope as many people support the event and ensure it is a fantastic evening."

The 2019 event will be the fifth in a long line of successful shows and will be held on Thursday 28th November at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Leeds. Budding fashion designers will once again return to battle it out in front of a panel of carefully selected judges, who will be assessing their work based on five criteria: originality, concept, craftsmanship, commercial awareness and sustainability.

This year's judges currently include Angela Riches, owner/editor of H&N Magazine; personal stylist, Anna Mewes; and Director of Operations at Klaxon Technologies, Sarah Tulip.

Awards will be given to the first place and running up for three categories: Designer, Model, and Makeup Artist. They will also receive industry recognition for their outstanding work. This year's prizes are a featured spread in H&N Magazine as well as the World Textile Information Network's international trade magazine, Twist.

All funds raised will be given to the Teenage Cancer Trust and Ryanrides, with a target of £5000.

The Teenage Cancer Trust supports young people with cancer by funding expert treatment and support services, to ensure that each person gets the help they need through a truly difficult change in their life from "the moment they hear the word 'cancer'".

RyanRides has Ryan Anderton from Keighley, West Yorkshire, cycling to raise money for various charities. In July 2019, Ryan used the hashtag #RyanRidesAcrossEurope to raise awareness of Mental Health and Suicide Prevention and cycled 4200 miles from Nordkapp in Norway to Tarifa in Gibraltar.

Tickets are available from the newly launched www.fashionfiesta.co.uk and on https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/fashion-fiesta-2019-tickets-67436017945. Early bird tickets are available from August 15th with general tables on sales from September 15th.

There are also spaces for sponsors still available until October 31st. This is a fantastic opportunity for businesses to network, before and after the show, as well as a brilliant idea for a company's Christmas party. Here, you can mingle with your colleagues and industry experts while enjoying an incredible show.

Chris Morris, sponsorship director at Fashion Fiesta, who assisted in the founding of the company back in 2015, commented: "We look forward to bringing awareness of these amazing charities and the good work they do, as well as helping some new extraordinary talents reach their potential."

For more information, please contact: Rachel Hatfield, Shoo Social Media by phone: 01943 430245 or email: info@shoosocialmedia.co.uk

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