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It brings us great pleasure to be the U.S. broadcast sponsor for Models of Diversity. We look to deliver a show that Americans will enjoy and bring us all a lot closer to the "real picture" of our diverse aspects and talents as people worldwide.
Krystol Cameron, CEO of Simply ME

Models of Diversity presents
Curves in Couture
a charity catwalk show of healthy, curvy models

Thursday November 17th, 2011 7pm

Tabernacle W11, Notting Hill, London

by private invitation + strictly 40 places only available

event gallery by Alessandro

We're about to make history!

This catwalk show featuring healthy, curvy models is a fundraiser for our sponsored charity The Advance Centre, a wonderful organization that helps the families of brain-damaged children. As the main patron of The Advance Centre, the Countess Sondes will be attending. Caroline Rush, the CEO of the British Fashion Council, will attend the event as our special guest.

The British Fashion Council is proudly committed to promoting equal opportunities and diversity within the fashion industry. We are delighted that Models of Diversity are producing a Curves in Couture catwalk show and encourage all to support the event and the images that will come from the show.

First will come The Diversity Show, featuring healthy professional models of different sizes, shapes, heights and ability levels in all colours and races sporting the latest in ready-to-wear fashion. Then Kelly Knox, winner of the BBC's Britain's Missing Top Model,will open the high-fashion show Curves in Couture, with top international curvy plus models such as Robyn Lawley, fresh off the cover of Vogue Italia, in sizes 14-18. The models will wear couture, from both up & coming designers like Danielle Liane and Miss Lacy, and established design houses such as Anna Scholz and Jill Alexander, who will be flying overfrom California to premiere her fabulous Spring 2012 collection at the show.

We have 2 special celebrity guests presenting the event and some fabulous entertainment planned. In addition to national and local press including a documentary on Sky TV for 'Make Me a Supermodel' and the BFC's own press invite list, The Dish Network, the 2nd largest cable company in North America, will broadcast the event to over 16 million homes. All proceeds from the show benefit The Advance Centre.

This will be the first time that a plus-only catwalk show of this prestige has occurred in the UK, so we're going to make a really big splash in the press about it. We all know that curvy models are still not being used in the mainstream of fashion and our extensive street surveys and petitions prove that people definitely want to see a change in the industry. The public has shown time and time again to be frustrated with the unrealistic images of the "Size Zero" trend and with over 45% of the UK female population being a size 16 or higher, we know the time is right for a show like this. We think there's no reason a country as diverse, tolerant, and exciting as the UK shouldn't be at the forefront!

Following the show will be a star-studded After Party at the exclusive Queensberry Club South Kensington starting at 10pm. Luigi Consoli has donated The Queensbury Club for the event, which maintains the concept that one would expect of a private members club in the Royal Borough but with a modern twist.

Models of Diversity is a London-based non-profit organization which advocates for more diversity in models, and demands that the fashion and marketing industries recognise the beauty in women and men of all races, ages, shapes, sizes, abilities, genders and sexual orientations. Our mission is to change the face of fashion and modelling! We are a campaign founded to stand for equal rights and opportunities within the modelling and fashion industry. MoD has joined with Equalities Minister Lynne Featherstone for the government's campaign on body confidence.

The Advance Centre is a teaching institute for parents with brain-damaged children. From its creation in 1996, the charity has dedicated itself to finding a way to not only advance the abilities of children with cerebral palsy and other brain injuries, but to actually reverse the structural and functional abnormalities. Registered Charity 1026049

Sponsors and Media Partners include: The Dish Network, navabi, Plus Size Tall, Blooming Fabulous Media, Evolve Magazine, Sugar Group, Beautiful Magazine, Glacéau Vitamin Water, Valentino's Dog Boutique, Vitabiotics Wellwoman, Signature Inspirations, Black Pig Catering, French Connection UK, Curvy Fashionista, Style Queen Boutiqe, The Millennium Hotel London Mayfair, Cooden Wine Cellars, Crocant, FEW Metals, L'Isola Buona Catering, Lash by Francesca, Bubblegum Events, Ciate Nail Pots, Dermalogica, Glow Yoga, KMS Hair Products, Oskia, The Tabernacle W11, Positive TV, Queensberry Club South Kensington

Curves in Couture Designers: Jill Alexander, Anna Scholz, Ilda Di Vico Couture Milliner, Miss Lacy, Danielle Liane, navabi, Renaissance Creative Designs, Carolyn de la Drapiere, Simply Be, new look, the House of Scarlet

Curves in Couture Styling Team: stylist Francesca Salih, catwalk trainer/choreographer Shelagh Brayshaw, hair by Goodman & Brooks, Head of Make-up Sandra Hadi

Shelagh Brayshaw

Shelagh is the choreographer and catwalk trainer for the couture portion of our show. She's a dancer, model, actress and fitness instructor with over 30 years experience in the plus-sized fashion community. As a Bluebell Girl at the world-famous Lido in Paris, Shelagh later danced throughout Europe, became a photographic and fashion model, acted in TV commercials and launched her own dancing school.

Francesca Salih

Francesca Salih, age 27, is the founder of Wardrobe Mistress, a new online luxury fashion destination. Wardrobe Mistress is an innovative fashion concept, the service is two fold and offers hassle free online buying and selling of pre-loved designer fashion as well as a range of personalised wardrobe management services. The site which launched on the 4th May 2011 has already received international recognition, and was recently hailed as the 'Hot new online destination' by Grazia Middle East. Wardrobe Mistress has also established itself as the to-go-to stop for celebrity stylists.

Francesca started her career in the fashion world at designer fashion boutique Browns London at the age of 16, where her love of fashion and flair for styling grew. This led to a career in freelance styling which took her around the globe working with high-profile customers and magazines. Whilst working in Dubai Francesca worked with Royal family members for 9 months,styling and managing their wardrobes. Francesca knew she wanted to work in an e-commerce environment next, and took it upon herself to write to Net-a-Porter's founder Natalie Massenet, expressing her passion for working inher company. Francesca was offered an intern position at the luxury online retailer and worked as part of the stylist studio team.

Strictly 40 places only available for purchase for this exciting event
by private invitation otherwise    
includes access to the Diversity Show
press pack