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Manchester offers free show spaces

Manchester Fashion Week is freeing up 20% of its catwalk and exhibition space for indies in a move to help promote businesses in the Northwest.

The event, which will be held for the second time next March, will offer six catwalk shows and three design stands in its exhibition space for free to emerging designers and local indies.

Founder Jonathan Sassen said he wanted to give vital help to UK indies and designers who do not have the funding to promote and expand their businesses.

“We may be regional but we recognise our national and international responsibility and this year we wanted to create a legacy: not just for the city but one which supports the growth of the UK fashion industry,” he said.

Designers and indies will be given support and help with staging, models, hair and make-up to produce their own catwalk shows, which Sassen said could usually cost around £5,000.

Places will be awarded following an application process.

Manchester Fashion Week 2013 will take place at Manchester Art Gallery on Mosley Street from March 23 to 29.

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