Vintage fashion on the catwalk

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Outfits from yesteryear will make a comeback in a unique vintage fashion show, to help the fight against children’s liver disease.

This special blast from the past will give clothing fans the chance to experience 100 years of fashion, from 1880 to 1980.

Being held at Alnwick Lodge next month, the event has been organised by Hexham-based Gaby Sutton.

Featuring around 50 period pieces from her own collection, the fashion feast will be raising money for the Children’s Liver Disease Foundation (CLDF).

It is a charity close to Gaby’s heart after her granddaughter, Imogen Lackey, was diagnosed with a benign tumour of the liver when she was just weeks old and had to endure gruelling treatment.

The youngster, now aged six, has recovered, but the CLDF played a crucial role during her brave battle.

A range of clothing will go on show, including Victorian and Edwardian pieces, 20s dresses, wartime clothing from the 40s and pieces from the 60s, 70s and 80s.

The audience will also be able to lay eyes on a vintage collection of wedding dresses.

Gaby said: “The show will be good fun and it will offer an insight about what women wore in the past and give people the chance to see authentic clothes.

“There will be four models wearing the clothes and I will talk about the eras and other bits of information.

“And it will be raising funds for a good charity too.”

Gaby has acquired the vintage collection over a period of around 25 years.

She added:“I love everything about collecting vintage fashion. I love to see what people wore and look at the way that women’s fashion has changed, from the huge wide skirts in Victorian times to practically nothing in the 60s.”

Alnwick Lodge, at West Cawledge Park Antiques Gallery, will host two fashion shows – on October 5 and October 6.

They came about after Lodge owner Evelyn Smith saw Gaby give a fashion talk in Slaley, and wanted her come to north Northumberland.

Evelyn said: “I’m extremely happy to be hosting the shows and to help the charity.”

A show that Gaby held at Dissington Hall near Ponteland in 2010 raised more than £3,500 for CLDF and was a sell-out.