Fashion World Record Bid
Fresh out of University life (I’ve broken up for the summer) I pitched up in Liverpool this weekend, to help with Wayne Hemmingway’s audacious challenge to the Guinness World Record for MOST MODELS ON A CATWALK.
That's me on the left in raptures (a small clue about the outcome).
Held by Brazil at a record of 3084, Wayne had decided he was going to ‘have it,’ for Liverpool as part of a bigger weekend event to celebrate 175 years of Cunnard travel.
My mate Jane Galpin had been working on this event for months, recruiting half the town to model, then she brought in all her fashion mates to help, so it was only a matter of time before I found myself offering to host the massive open-air event.
Preparing my script on- site, the day before, hoards of ordinary Liverpudlians were making like Claudia Schiffer in a large indoor practice area. Festooned in their finery from Goths and Golfers, to Jazz Dancers and Fashion Students, the people of the town would turn the catwalk into a carnival.
It was moving and lovely - I got to feeling all warm and fuzzy as amidst this riot of colour and calamity, as a whole community of volunteer fashion types from top makeup and hair dressers to seasoned show producers, PRs and stylists were calmly bringing order to bear. Everyone stepped up to MAKE IT HAPPEN without a tantrum in sight.
This would be my kind of catwalk full of diverse bodies, all shapes, all nations, I loved seeing the different communities in their national costume and the kids in their dress-up a much a I loved seeing the fashion school talent.
There was plenty of celeb support too, from footballer John Barnes to Atomic Kitten’s Liz McLarnon, Heart FM’s Joel Ross, Christopher Biggins, Saturday’s Rochelle Hume.
At last the announcement....A new Liverpool world record 3651 models. JOY