Paralympic Gold Medallist to Hit the Catwalk at Fashanne
The East Midlands’ leading fashion event has announced that top Paralympic Gold Medallist, Richard Whitehead MBE, will be starring in its runway show on 21st June in Nottingham.
Founded by tv personality and news presenter, Anne Davies, FASHANNE is the first regional student fashion awards, showcasing the very best designs from emerging talent across the East Midlands.
In a pioneering move to champion inclusion and diversity in the fashion industry this year’s show will feature a number of guest models from all walks of life with disabilities – taking to the runway for the first time. Swapping the track for the catwalk, Richard, who is a double amputee, is the first person to be announced as a model for the event.
The Nottingham-born 100 and 200m sprinter said he is excited to be taking part in an event in his home town that nurtures local talent, innovation and entrepreneurship.
He said: “I’ve known Anne for years and when she came to me with the idea to involve models with disabilities in this year’s Fashanne event, I jumped at the chance to take part. It’s a brilliant message – having a disability should never hold a person back and that’s something I’ve advocated throughout my career.
“It will be great to see people from a wide range of backgrounds represented on the catwalk, at one of the biggest events in the East Midlands.”
Anne Davies, Director and Founder of Fashanne, said: “We’re delighted and honoured to have Richard on board with us for this year’s event. Fashanne is about showcasing the very best talent we have in our region but also about championing creativity and diversity in the fashion industry. We wanted to use models of all ages and abilities to showcase this.
“Tickets are now on sale, so don’t miss your chance to see Richard in action on the catwalk alongside some other very special guests!”
Fashanne will bring together students, business and the general public at St Mary’s Church in June and will also help to raise money for Rainbows Children’s Hospice. More models are set to be announced over the coming months, in the lead up to the event.