Belfast Telegraph

50 years of fashion on charity shop rails

By Frances Burscough

One of Northern Ireland’s best-loved charities is celebrating a landmark birthday this month.

War On Want NI is officially turning 50 and to mark the occasion it is holding a gala fashion show featuring the finest vintage ensembles from five decades, all gleaned entirely from its 13 stores across the province.

The War On Want 50 Years Of Fashion Show, sponsored by the Belfast Telegraph, takes place on Monday in the appropriate surroundings of the Ulster Museum. It will be hosted by the well-known radio and television presenter Colin Murray.

Jackie Trainor, from War On Want NI, has co-ordinated a stunning selection of the most iconic looks from 1961 to 2011, which will be displayed by chic catwalk models from Belfast agency Style Academy. A number of clothing stalls showcasing 50 years of vintage fashion and accessories will be on sale before and after the presentation.

“This is a unique event for Belfast and a real celebration of fashion,” said Jackie. “War On Want NI is one of the oldest established charities in Northern Ireland and its work has created great opportunities for people in some of the poorest and most remote areas of central Africa.”

Although all the tickets for Monday’s event have now sold out, here’s a sneak preview of some of the looks that will be gracing the runway.

For an extensive on-the-spot report from the catwalk catwalk report, see Tuesday’s Telegraph.

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