Hallowe’en Catwalk Challenge

Design guru Wayne Hemingway heads for Derry~Londonderry, where creepy couture brings Twilight to the Banks of the Foyle

Red or Dead founder Wayne Hemingway is bringing his style sense to this year’s Banks of the Foyle Hallowe’en Festival in Derry~Londonderry.

The iconic fashion design and event guru is behind the best-in-show Catwalk Challenge at Derry~Londonderry’s Craft Village on October 27. Hemingway will award participants prizes for best efforts in costume design, make-up and hairstyle in this spectacular shape shifting extravaganza.

'It’s an honour to be able to contribute in the build-up to UK City of Culture 2013,' said Hemingway. 'As someone with over three decades of experience designing everything from fashion and houses to radios and festivals, I understand that initiatives like this give everyone a chance to demonstrate their creativity.

'The ‘shape shifting’ theme to the Catwalk Challenge offers endless potential to explore, for example, the man-werewolf concept. I invite local creative talent – designers, students, make-up artists, fashionistas, teachers, colourists or ‘handy’ folk – to get involved.



'First and foremost this is a chance to have fun. But you never know, it could lead to a career in creativity.'

Brendan McMenamin, arts programme officer at Derry City Council, said he is delighted with the addition to the Hallowe’en programme, which offers a varied and extensive range of events to suit all ages.

'The catwalk design challenge with its ‘shape shifting’ theme – a concept that has been thrust into the spotlight by dramas like the Twilight saga and True Blood – is a unique additional to this year’s festival,' he said.

'It’s open to all budding artists, designers, stylists or just those with a vivid creative flair aged 14 and over – and we are thrilled that Wayne, an established designer and vintage festival organiser, is offering his artistic input as well as being a judge on the evening.

'Wayne is a regular visitor to Derry and makes no secret of his interest in our city as the first to carry the mantle of the UK City of Culture status in 2013.'

Joe Carlin of Creative Designs, co-organiser of the catwalk challenge, is hosting a series of master classes to facilitate the competition participants in the two weekends previous to the event.



'This is an incredible opportunity to showcase your creativity,' he said.  'At 6pm on October 27, our army of ‘scary spotters’ will shortlist over a number of different categories. The finalists will parade in front of the judging panel before strutting their stuff on the catwalk.'

As well as an overall winner, best-in-show titles will be awarded for Best Monster Make-Up, Best Hair Raising Show Hair Style, Thrilling Theory Concept, the Green Goblin Award for best use of material, and the Creepy Couple Award. The Best Shape Shifter Award will represent the theme in a separate category.

Category winners will be invited to model their creations on Hallowe’en night in pride of place at the Carnival Parade, which is followed by the renowned fireworks display.

To register your interest for the Catwalk Challenge contact Joe Carlin on 07864965733. Participants can enter the competition online and gather votes on Facebook.

For a full five day programme of events for The Banks of the Foyle Hallowe’en Festival, pick up a leaflet or log on to www.derrycitycouncil.gov.uk/halloween, or follow the festival's Facebook Page.