Leeds RAG Fashion Show: Talkin’ bout a Revolution – The Preview

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The annual RAG fashion show consistently supports a range of local charities, and the 2016 show is in aid of Leeds Mencap and the Refugee Council. For the feel of this photo shoot, we wanted to touch upon the different eras and their representations within the show, without giving away what is in store for the big night. With the help of clothes from Accent Clothing, Blue Rinse and Lambert’s Yard we put together a diverse but representative selection of our looks. Having local designers on board the clothes highlight an eclectic and eccentric mix of styles and trends typical of revolutionary eras that will be revealed in the show. The mixture of high street vintage stores to high-end designers enables us to represent how ground-breaking moments in history are still influential within todays trends epitomized through personal style. A stereotypical men’s suit conveys an androgynous and powerful look, used here to portray feminism.

Left and right: Green Tassel Cardigan – J Lindberg; Scarf – ASOS, £6; Velvet Flares – Rat & Boa, £36. Centre: Black Suit – J Lindberg; Bra – Topshop, £10 (sale); Metallic Brogues – Zara, £25

The location for the shoot is that of a grungy, urban outdoor setting, symbolising the forward thinking theme of the show. The juxtaposition of the sleek clothes against the gritty background allows the clothes to stand out, while also signifying the community origins of the movements we’re illustrating.

Left: Leather Fringed Jacket – Blue Rinse, £36. Centre: Aztec Shirt with Acid Collar – Blue Rinse, £18; Trousers – Model’s Own. Right: Waistcoat – Remus Uomos Jeans, £74.99 (worn underneath); Cardigan with Zip Detail – Gro a Live

We aim to use the clothes as way to subvert stereotypes about how clothes are typically worn as a way of promoting equality through fashion. Each look embodies a different movement ultimately reflecting the relationship between fashion and politics.

Left: White T-Shirt – Model’s Own; Leather Jacket – Blue Rinse, £35. Centre: see above for details. Right: Multicoloured Jumper – Lyle & Scott, £54.99 (worn inside out); Trousers – Black Levi Jeans

Tickets for the show are available online and from stand in the Union now. It is set to be a great evening and is the biggest RAG event and one of the most highly anticipated events on the Leeds University Union (LUU) social calendar.

Ellie Pandya

[Stylists: Emma McCormack & Faye Buckland; Photographer: Ryan Blackwell; Make-up: Harley Wild & Grace Ennis; Models: Zara Shasore, Amy Bevis, Otto Lyons & Baile Beyai; Cover image: styleandthensome.wordpress.com]

A big thank you to the RAG stylists for sourcing the clothes for the shoot, and a huge thanks to the brands for supporting the cause.

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