As the 2020 show is fast approaching we thought we would bring you a Q and A with one of the lovely models Rachel Peru, a pioneer for body confidence and being a silver woman.
How did you first hear about York Fashion Week?
I first heard about it two years ago through social media. I really wanted to be involved last year but already had commitments, so I made sure I pencilled this year’s out in the diary in plenty of time, so I could be involved. I think the first event photos I saw was the John Lewis show last year and it looked fabulous.
What opportunities has York Fashion Week brought you?
My model agency is in London and most of my work is there too, so it’s been a great way to meet new people closer to home. I’ve already made some great friends through this network and it’s great to feel part of it. I’m proud to live in Yorkshire and it’s refreshing to have such a great fashion event in the North for a change.
Would you recommend other women and men get involved?
Yes definitely. I’d say don’t be scared about trying something new if you’ve always wanted to try modelling. It’s a great opportunity and it’s a good mix of professional models and those that are completely new to modelling working together. As an older model, it’s also good to be able to champion older women in the fashion industry as we are so often under represented.
What are you most excited about for the 2020 show?
This is my first year, so I am super excited to be co-hosting my first event with Annie Stirk on Thursday 26th March. Our Silver & Sassy event will be flying the flag for grey, silver and white-haired women. As well as the fashion show, and dinner, held at Middlethorpe Hall, hosted by ITV Yorkshire presenter Christine Talbot. We will have the founder of White Hot Hair company Jane Mayled giving some great hair care advice, as well as the talented team for make-up and styling tips from Sonia Schofield and Sara Anson from Project YOU.
Are you walking in any other shows apart from the Silver & Sassy show?
I don’t know about all the shows that I’ll be walking in just yet, but I am super excited to be walking in Shoni’s theatrical show ‘The Art of Queening’ and Janie Tongue’s ‘Till Death Do Us Part’ event. It’s going to be very dramatic and good fun. It’s just great to get to work alongside other creative people and it’s great that everyone is being very supportive of each other.
Is there any insider information you can give our readers about your show?
Our event is being sponsored by York Gin and Figleaves lingerie brand. We will have some of our silver women modelling the latest 2020 swimwear during the show to spread a bit of body confidence love too. We really want to make women feel more confident with their grey hair and help change the way society sees us.
Any money raised through the event by the raffle and brochure advertising will go to the York based women’s charity Kyra which makes the event even more special for us all. We also have one of their attendees modelling for us and she is absolutely delighted to be involved. Our event is hopefully all about female empowerment.
To make sure you don’t miss Rachels amazing event keep an eye on our social media platforms and also our website for when ticket sales are available.
Words by Sophie Doherty. Photography by Olivia Brabbs Photography