ANNA Wintour, the world’s most powerful woman in fashion over the past three decades, is heading for Yorkshire and there is reason for her to be impressed. Students from across the county are preparing a charity fashion show to help refugees and she approves of young people supporting that cause.
Wintour, who is the editor-in-chief of American Vogue, the influential fashion magazine based in New York, will watch the Northern Youth Fashion Show.
The show is raising money for two charities supporting refugees and has been organised by the University of York’s fashion publication, HARD Magazine. It takes place on January 29 at the University of York’s Central Hall and Wintour will take part in a pre-show Q&A session hosted by Katharine Viner, editor-in-chief of The Guardian.
Wintour said: “I continue to be impressed by how many young people are engaged in supporting one of the major global issues of our times.”
The Northern Youth Fashion Show will involve students from the University of York, the University of Sunderland, Leeds College of Art, Newcastle College, Hull College, the University of Central Lancashire, Liverpool John Moores University, and Leeds Beckett University. It will be produced by Adam Curtis, the BAFTA award-winning director.
Proceeds will go to the Xavier Project, which runs schools, creates jobs, and offers mentoring schemes to some of the biggest refugee communities in the world and Refugee Action York, which plays a pivotal role in integrating refugees in the local area.
The show also aims to illustrated York being a humanitarian city and to provide a platform for northern talent to receive the recognition it deserves.
Tickets for the event cost £30 and £15 for students and are available at http://www.yusu.org/tickets. A champagne reception and live music performances are included in the evening’s programme.