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Fashion Fiesta aims to unite the community

Fashion Fiesta comes to Ilkley in November (Charles Waller Photography)

After a long wait, Yorkshire's top fashion fundraising event, Fashion Fiesta, is returning to the catwalk, presenting the Fiesta Collective at Ilkley's Clarke Foley Centre this month, and aims to unite the community once again after the pandemic.

Fashion Fiesta is a charity-based show, run by volunteers and was founded in 2015 by Rachel Hatfield, director at Ben-Rhydding based SHOO. The first show took place in Bradford, acting as a fundraiser for Action in the Community, and the reach of the project has since grown. Each year Fashion Fiesta welcomes more creatives, more visitors and raises even more money for charity. The show provides a fantastic, collaborative platform for aspiring and established designers, models, and makeup artists.

This year organisers are focusing their efforts on raising money for Ilkley’s celebrated Clarke Foley Community Centre. After a 3-year hiatus, the team are excited to bring the show ‘back home’. Albeit will be on a smaller scale and wanted to celebrate talent in the hometown of Fashion Fiesta, Ilkley, the very place it was founded.

Rachel Hatfield said: “The 2022 event will be the seventh in a long line of successful shows. It will be held on Thursday 24th November at a brand-new venue, specially selected for the inaugural ‘The Fiesta Collective’.

The theme for this year’s show is all about bringing together the community. For this reason, budding fashion designers of Fashion Fiesta’s past and present shows will once again return to the runway to show off their collections. We are excited to welcome everyone again after a long wait!”

Tickets are now on sale at: Early bird tickets are available at only £12, spaces are expected to move fast, as seats are limited. To learn more about the show or to volunteer:

Spaces for sponsors are available until 31st October 2022. This is a fantastic opportunity for businesses to network, before and after the show.

For more information about the show contact


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