Chesil Theatre will stage a fashion show on Thursday 30th May to raise funds for a new extension to their building in Chesil Street, Winchester. Modern designer fashions will be shown, courtesy of the theatre’s neighbours, The Clothes Line dress agency in Bridge Street. Chesil Theatre’s extensive wardrobe department will display a selection of costumes showing styles through the ages, all of which are available for hire. Tickets at £12.50 are now available online from www.chesiltheatre.org.uk.
The entertaining evening starts at 7.45pm with a pre-show reception offering complimentary wine and canapés to music from the award-winning King Edward VI Flute Trio. Then comes the catwalk fashion display modelled by actors and actresses from the Chesil Theatre. There will be styles from designers including Mother of the Bride, Condici Outfits, Nicole Farhi, Max Mara and many others. If any of the fashions take your eye, they will be available for sale.
The varied programme for the evening will include the auction of items contributed by Dame Judi Dench and Sir Ian McKellen, and a raffle of prizes donated by neighbouring restaurant No 5 Bridge Street, Spa Beauty at Home, 19 Little Minster Street hair stylists, an exclusive design by Deborah Dalton Millinery, personalised training from Movers and Shapers and more. The evening will round off with an opportunity to chat with the theatre’s wardrobe team and staff from The Clothes Line.
Chesil Theatrel is delighted to be working in collaboration with Ali Galvin, proprietor of The Clothes Line. Her establishment in Bridge Street, Winchester has specialised in selling nearly-new top brand ladies’ clothes and accessories since 1993. Ali, a well-respected styling consultant, offers wardrobe solutions and fashion advice. In her entertaining narration with fashion-related quips and quotes, Ali’s theme will be “To Wear or Not to Wear!” Models will parade some of their own ‘sartorial blunders’ and Ali will explain why they are inappropriate. Later, the same models, each appropriately re-coiffed, made-up and re-dressed, will display a selection of The Clothes Line’s beautiful collection of casual, day and evening wear. Ali says “We are delighted to bring this exciting event to the Chesil Theatre, combining modern and historical fashion. It will be a fascinating and enjoyable evening for everyone”.
The Chesil Theatre’s wardrobe is in the capable hands of Nina Connolly, assisted by Llyn Parker. Both have many years of experience making and co-ordinating production costumes. Llyn’s theatrical wardrobe experience includes working at the Royal Opera House and running the wardrobe department at King Alfred’s College, now University of Winchester. Nina has lead the wardrobe team in their work of completely refurbishing the extensive costume collection.
The show has been organised by Ros Liddiard, having taken a breath after playing the lead role in Chesi Theatre’s most recent production, Prin. She said: “It’s very appropriate for this fundraising event to centre on fashion and costumes. We have a wonderful wardrobe resource at the theatre but we’re running out of space. The church tower is overflowing! When the new extension is built we will have a purpose-designed storage and workroom area, easily accessed by our backstage group as well as local colleges and drama groups who come to hire our costumes.”
Tickets for the Chesil Fashion Show on 30th May are £12.50 and available online from www.chesiltheatre.org.uk. Cheques can be sent by post to Ticket Sales, Chesil Theatre, Chesil Street, Winchester SO23 0HU.
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Editor’s Note: The attached image is supplied repro-free for editorial use. Please credit Tony Rogers. Caption “Ros Liddiard with a Renaissance brocade gown and Ali Galvin with a co-ordinated outfit from her collection.”