Step by step guide: fashion show
Give students the chance to strut their funky stuff down
the catwalk in a school fashion show. Not only do any Kate
Moss-wannabes get their five minutes in the limelight, but your
budding fashion designers can show off their talents
Fashion shows have proven to be a profitable fundraiser at both
primary and secondary schools. The beauty of this event is you
can tailor it to suit your needs. Keep it simple by booking a
company to run the show for you, with clothes available to buy
afterwards. Secondary school PTAs may want to work with teaching
staff to run a fashion show exhibiting the results of a textiles
project. And drama students can give your event some couture
catwalk pizzazz with dramatic lighting! However you do it, a
fashion show promises to be a great night out for parents and
What you'll need
A reasonable-sized hall - book school halls early. You will also
need some nearby classrooms for models to get changed in and where
hair and make-up artists can work their magic.
Most importantly you'll need models! If using a fashion show
company, they can advise you on numbers required. You may need
willing parents (as well as pupils) - these may be trickier to
Sturdy staging blocks for your catwalk.
Seating for your audience.
PA system and music to accompany the models.
Costs and profits
Ask local hairdressing salons and beauticians whether they can
provide their services for free.
Sell tickets in advance, giving priority to families of your
Provide a bar as well as soft drinks. Remember, a licence is
required if selling alcohol - see our at-a-glance guide for more
Source raffle prizes.
You'll need a small team before and after the event to help with
setting up and clearing away.
A few volunteers will be needed on the door to sell/check
tickets, and serve refreshments.
If running the event yourself, you'll need a willing compere and
someone else to look after backing music.
You'll need a few volunteers backstage helping children to get
changed. These people should have DBS checks in place.
Someone selling raffle tickets.
Publicising the event
Publicise the event with posters on notice boards, in newletters
and via school and PTA websites.
Order fashion show posters from the PTA Print Shop - only £9.95
for 10 A3 posters! View fashion show posters here.
Fiona McRae, PTA treasurer of Roseburn Primary School in
Edinburgh shares her fashion show experience: 'It was very
easy to organise and extremely popular. 90 children applied to take
part, and we had to do a lucky dip in class to get it down to 50! A
local dance group, KS Dance, perform before the show, whilst the
children were getting ready. We organised the children into groups
of six, and they walked down the catwalk in pairs. We encouraged
them to give it some attitude and swagger! The kids loved getting
all dressed up - it was a very popular event. For the raffle we
concentrated on getting a few high-quality prizes like pamper days
for mums and daughters. We only have 200 children in the school,
but the amount of parents that came was astounding and we raised
£723 profit on the night. It was a great fundraiser and not much
For more information
There are several issues to consider relating to insurance,
licences, etc. See our Event Planning
Checklist for more detail.
For our at-a-glance guide to Temporary Event Notices, click here
The above is intended as guidance only. We
recommend that you contact the relevant organisations with specific
reference to insurance, legal, health and safety and child
protection requirements. Community Inspired Ltd cannot be held
responsible for any decisions or actions taken by a PTA, based on
the guidance provided.
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