Fashion is taking centre stage in Leeds as the city showcases its own collection of runway shows, presentations and collaborations from some of the country’s most influential industry names.

From Saturday 28th April The Fashion Space, Leeds, will present a comprehensive programme of events from UK designers including Matty Bovan, Sadie Williams and Christopher Raeburn; alongside Fashion East alumni and Lulu Kennedy (MBE); Vogue’s Fashion Features Director, Claudia Croft and from the North: Fashioning Identities exhibition at Somerset House, co-curator Adam Murray.

The Fashion Space is housed on one of Leeds’ main shopping streets, Briggate, as part of this year’s Leeds International Festival, funded by LeedsBID (Leeds Business Improvement District).

The Fashion Space programme aims to create an inspiring and educational series of high calibre fashion events, with both national and international credibility, bridging the gap between independent and high street retailers, designers, manufacturers and industry influencers whilst introducing the reality of the fashion industry to the public.

Cathy Dickson, of Cabba, part of the team directing Fashion in Leeds, said: “2017 saw the realisation of The Fashion Space, as part of Leeds International Festival – the idea of a converted shipping container in the centre of Leeds on a busy weekend was to provide a space that offered people a rarely seen insight into the fashion industry.”

“The popularity of the runway was such that we have introduced four days of shows as part of our 2018 Fashion events and cannot wait to work everyone again!”

There are so many events to choose from, here are a pick #TeamCoco’s fave few:

Sunday 29th April
Runway shows from independent designers 10am-4.30pm
FREE event

Tuesday 1st May
Christopher Raeburn Off Cut – T-Shirt Workshop
17.45 – 20.00
An opportunity for less experienced sewers to develop their creative skills by making a bespoke Christopher Raeburn Tote bag using some of his amazing animal patches.
Tickets: £40.00

Wednesday 2nd May
17.45 – 19.00
Sadie Williams – Bright Young Thing
One of the British Fashion Council’s NewGen’s ones to watch Sadie recently wowed LFW with her eclectic mix of 60’s silhouettes coupled with graphic panel arrangements and with a nod towards 70’s glitz. She will talk about her progression from her Central St Martin’s MA to her international success; what inspires her and advice for young designers.
Tickets: £5.00

Friday 4th May
16.15 – 18.30
In Conversation with Fashion East
Leeds International Festival Spiegeltent, Millennium Square
Talent scout and founder of Fashion East Lulu Kennedy (MBE) will be talking up and coming fashion with a selection of her successful alumni and current designers. These will include Matty Bovan, Per Götesson, Mimi Wade, and ART SCHOOL. Tickets: £10.00

Saturday 5th May
Runway shows from high street retailers 11am-4.30pm
FREE event

For the full programme of events, more information and to buy tickets, visit:


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