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Fashion designers of the future from the University of Ulster and Belfast Metropolitan College will be showcasing their creations in a sizzling, summer, charity catwalk event later this month.

A fabulous fashion show is being staged at the historic Clandeboye Estate in Bangor on Wednesday August 15, with all proceeds going to the Northern Ireland Cancer Fund for Children.

Models will strut their stuff in a marquee which will be set up in the atmospheric courtyard of this historic estate, for the style spectacular which forms part of the week-long Clandeboye Festival.

Ulster’s Course Director for Textiles and Fashion, Alison Gault, said participating students are made up of first and second years as well as graduates.

“This is a wonderful opportunity to take part in something which showcases the future design talent at Ulster, as well as raising funds for a very worthwhile charity,” she added

“The students showing at the Clandeboye Festival have worked on a number of projects throughout the last academic year.

“First years have been involved in developing designs around the themes of ‘High Class Kitsch, Distinction and Overtone’, which are key trends for Spring/Summer 2013.

“Second years were working from the broader theme of ‘Third World, Second Hand, First Time Round’.

“The third years developed their collections with inspiration from birds of paradise, the rich culture of Asia, the Olympic Games and a retrospective look at the 1940s and Second World War using the theme ‘Make Do and Carry Yarn’.

“The students have utilised the wide range of workshop facilities available at the University of Ulster which include, knitting, printing, embroidery, felting, tufting and laser cutting to produce a range of unique and outstanding garment ideas.”

The gala event is being organised by Maureen Martin Model Management in aid of the NI Cancer Fund for Children, a charity which offers practical support and advice to children with cancer and their families.

The first model takes to the catwalk at 2.30pm and everyone who attends will be given a generous goodie bag. Tickets are priced at £20 and to book a place contact the show’s booking partner, the Grand Opera House, on 028 90241919 or visit

Notes to Editors:

The Clandeboye Festival runs from August 13 – 18 and was first organised ten years ago by Belfast-born pianist and conductor Barry Douglas.

During the Festival he and his Camerata Ireland orchestra will perform along with a host of international guests and the Clandeboye Young Musicians.

There will be daytime concerts in the small chapel at Clandeboye and a free exhibition of leading Irish art from the last two centuries, presented by Adams Auctioneers, in the Ava gallery.

For more information on these and other Festival events visit