By Eleanor Anderson and Emily Conyard
A FASHION show is taking place in Middlesbrough after independent clothing brands joined forces to raise money for charity.
House of Freaks is hosting its first charity fashion show with help from Vintageous Rags at the art gallery House of Blah Blah in Middlesbrough’s Exchange Square.
The show, which is planned for Friday March 20, is being hosted by Jake Radio and features live models, raffles pop up shops and more.
House of Freaks brand owner, Emily Jones, says it’s to showcase their latest designs and collections to the local public and raise money for Cancer Research and the Royal Navy Lifeboat Service.
Emily says the reason for her chosen charities is because they are close to her heart.
“My friend has a long line of fisherman in her family and currently resides by the sea, I believe it’s very important to support local charities that help save lives,” She said.
“In terms of the cancer awareness, my friend’s granddad was cleared of cancer around Christmas time. Plus, cancer is an illness which affects most families.”
The hope this year is to raise £400 for both charities from ticket sales alone.
However additional donations can be made on House of Freaks just giving page, found on their Facebook profile.
Tickets can be bought for £4 either on the night or on houseoffreaks.bigcartel.com
This will be Vingateous Rags fifth annual charity fashion show.
In the first year tickets sold out raising a total of £700 for local charity, Zoe’s Place.
Owner, Gracey Beattie Stringer, believes the popularity of the fashion shows is down to social media sites such as Instagram and Facebook.
Vintageous Rags has over 17,000 followers on Instagram and posts outfit photos daily.
Gracey’s plans for the future are to expand her store online as she feels that’s where the future of fashion is.
“My advice to small businesses would be, don’t follow trends, follow what you want and what you’d wear,” She said.
Despite the increase in popularity Gracey still takes part in these fashion shows to raise awareness for certain charities.
In summer 2015 Gracey is hoping to put on an independent fashion show featuring a collection of hand-picked outfits from the store.
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