A-grade fashionistas

Six months in the planning and involving a cast of 50 models, Withington’s glamorous catwalk extravaganza wowed a 650-strong audience with a riot of sound and colour.
Girls from the Fourth Form to the Upper Sixth swapped their school bags for glad rags and let their hair down in aid of the children’s charities Barnardos and the Christina Noble Children’s Foundation. This year's show, like last year's event, raised more than £5,000.


View a picture gallery of the spectacular evening

They were joined by ten boys from the Sixth Form of Manchester Grammar School for a series of carefully choreographed routines. Tickets for the show in the dramatically lit, in-the-round school arts centre sold out in minutes.
The show – Contortion – based on a circus theme, was produced by a 12-strong organising committee engaged in sourcing clothes and accessories and cajoling sponsors, and a further 20 girls working as set designers, sound and lighting technicians and choreographers.
Sixth Former Milly Coyne was the chair of the organising committee. She said: “We started last June, so it’s been a long, hard task. We’re all exhausted. I would do it again – but not for a while! There were quite a few last minute panics, but it all came together in the end and we’re very grateful to our sponsors and to the shops and stores that lent us their fabulous clothes.”
Outfits were supplied by Best Vintage, Pop Boutique, Henri Lloyd, White Label, Junk, Xpose, Oxfam Originals, Me & Yu, Martin Alien, Renegade Marmalade, Bond, Attic, Pastiche, Vanilla, King of Arts, Niru Patel and Vicky Martin.