HUNDREDS of guests were present to cap off Barnsley Fashion Week last Friday.
The week-long initiative culminated in a glitzy fashion show at the Metrodome, where over 90 different looks were showcased on a massive catwalk, making it the biggest fashion event Barnsley has ever seen.
Organiser Victoria Reddington, 39, grew up in Darfield and went on to set up her own company, showcasing her own designs and supporting other independent designers with marketing and promotion.
“My dad, Alwyn Richards, and his wife Christine are members of Barnsley Rockley Rotary Club and they asked me if I could help organise a fashion show as the club was keen to reach more of the youth of Barnsley and it has gone from there,” said Victoria.
“Many of our local designers don’t have the confidence to showcase their talents or are having to travel all over the country to show their work.
“This was the result of months and months of hard work and it was all in aid of two charities, BIADS and Marie Curie.
“It was a crazy idea but it became reality and was one of proudest moments of my life.”
Well-known faces involved in the show include Barnsley-born Danny Malin of Rate My Takeaway fame and his wife, Sophie Mei Lan Malin from Britain’s Got Talent, Jojo from Capital FM - who modelled on the runway - and Stephanie Hirst.
Stephanie Peacock, the MP for Barnsley East, visited alongside Barnsley Central MP Dan Jarvis.
She added: “I was pleased to attend the first ever Barnsley Fashion Week event at the Metrodome.
“This was a brilliant event showcasing some of the excellent talent we have to offer here in Barnsley, and all for two great causes, Marie Curie and BIADS.
“Thank you to everyone who was involved with organising this event. It was a lovely evening and a great chance to see the talent people in Barnsley have to offer.”