We at FRONT ROW are proud to present the

An exciting new chapter is being written in the history of the FRONT ROW Fashion Show. Since 2008 we have professionally showcased not only young designers creating innovative catwalk collections made from recycled, reworked, preloved and vintage garments and materials, but also incredibly talented performance artists and musicians.


WearUrArt Charity Shop Design Challenge 2016 

an inspiring and extraordinary design competition we are launching NATIONWIDE, with substantial cash prizes to be won!


Create an outfit of wearable art from Charity Shop clothing and/or recycled materials to the theme


max £30.00 to be spent in a Charity Shop
(receipts must be kept and submitted)


Let your imagination run wild.
Think outside the box.
The piece you create is WEARABLE ART.
Use surprising materials.
Be innovative.
Go crazy.


FRIDAY, 14th October 2016



Please note that submissions without registration cannot be considered. So don't forget!

(Winner "Best Outfit" 2013 Peter Quinnell)


If shortlisted, you will take part in the


Saturday, 26th November 2016
at the iconic De La Warr Pavilion

plus a substantial 
showcase at the prestigious


Saturday, 10th November 2016

(Finalist 2015 Designer: Beccy Mccray)

The following categories will be awarded in a ceremony on the night of the show:

Creative Excellence
Best Technical Achievement
Best Drama
Best Innovation
Best Young Newcomer
Best Overall Outfit
People's Choice

Be part of something amazing!
Good luck.



Enter our 

and be part of the

Wearable Art Design Competition Showcase

at the iconic

The challenge is to find charity shop or second hand clothes and/or vintage fabrics on a budget of £30.00 maximum and create an outfit to the theme

Let your imagination run wild. 
Think outside the box. 
The piece you create is Wearable Art.
Use surprising materials. 
Be innovative.
 It is all about extravagance and grand theatre.
Create a piece so extraordinary it will take the audience's breath away.
 We expect great things from you!



This is how you register

As part of your registration we need:

*your name
*date of birth
*phone number
Please send all the information to


*your entry fee of £20.00 

Please note that we cannot accept any registration without the competition entry fee payment.
Paypal payment button will be added to the site soon.


The following categories will be awarded in a ceremony on the night of the showcase:


Please note:
All amazing entries shortlisted to take part in the showcase, you will have to provide your own model, make up and hair for the catwalk.

FRONT ROW WearUrArt Design 
Showcase and Award Ceremony 
will take place at the iconic
De La Warr Pavilion
Bexhill TN40 1DP

Good luck!


(by Kim Batty) 
Catapulted through the megasphere and bursting through seven light years of existence, FRONT ROW takes us back to the future and Out of This World, hurtling through dimensions of fashion, unnervingly alien but totally real.
Straight down the runway and with undeniable finesse, our probe-less hosts, Doon Mackichan and Maria McErlane, who have been making us laugh since the dawn of time itself and then, for the next three humanoid hours, a little absolutely fabulous but mostly fabulous.

Whilst being entertained, a two piece electronica band are beamed down, Sister Gracie. So in-sync is their performance, one could wonder whether they were once one and now, a product of some industrial fission, splitting them into two elite performers. I wanted to waggle my five arms and nod my two heads, I won’t tell you about the rest.

Francis Fifi’s headwear opens the fashion show. Modernist clean lines and rounded corners, Darth tribal and with murmurations of ancient Eastern head gear but sparkling with futuristic spangle, they reflect the ideas of the future, from the past. Bevali & Isabella Francis, a mother and daughter combo of deadly Power Ranger designers, don’t mess.

 Bexhill College take a piece of other worldliness from the escapisms of storytelling and the supernatural. A Maleficent horned female shares the stage with an owl like feathered creation and a fawn with a magnificent train. Mashing and mixing with space age, a white, feathered mini and origami interstellar cloak.

Intergalactic, pink, PVC barbies infiltrate the catwalk from FdA Fashion, Brighton University, scarily plastic, even scarier that they are real. Chunky-monkey, very wearable, over-sized, black, Talking Heads, tops with black knee-pads, bring us almost back to earth. But only almost, before scooping us up and putting us on the ghost train with some cloth woven sceptres.

 Dreambolic designers Sam Lewis and Stephanie Hills mess with our tiny human minds by bringing down the borders and fusing the post-war Charleston, flapper dapper with Arabian Nights' silks. And why the devil not, from Zeppelin to magic carpet, in beautifully crafted satin slacks, a particular shooting star for me.

 And so this brings us to the Charity Shop Challenge 2015 Awards' super-trooping, funny mongering, talented, old you lot. So supersonically high was the standard, I almost went into orbit. A lady in a sparkling catsuit and an enormous global paper lampshade on her head filled with lights funks up the jam, so Seventies cyber and crazy. I would give up my hover board and cruise to the moon for a disco ball-style afro.

  All the entries were prize-worthy, the audience erupted with applause, laughter, shouting, banging their handbags and anything they could find to make some noise of appreciation.

But we cannot skip past the "Supreme Being of Creative Excellence" Award winning entry, Peter Quinnell’s amazatronic splendorama. Dressed in silver thigh length boots, a silver angled moon raking skirt and pronged bra, with a fish bowl helmet and spatula antennae, she looked out of her silver masked head with anticipation and an air of disgruntled frustration, that she had been removed from her planet and forced into the De La Warr. Described by one audience member as “ Betty Crocker meets Barbarella” you had to give her the prize, not only because of its brilliance, but because she would have zapped you with her stingray and thrown you in a black hole, if you didn’t.

Descending on us like a moon landing, the Terence Higgins Trust volunteers took us into planet campalicious, a planet that promotes less is more: less clothes, more fun. A plethora of beautiful bodies expelling dark forces from the nooks of the galaxy promoting one eternal vision of freedom and expression.

 After we had all wet our whistles, Rye Studio School students gave us space street wear. (That’s if some of you like a fluorescent bird’s nest collar) Sharp and current, sweat suits with iridescent triangles and large foiled hoods, spiky black shorts and a ruffle collar all had the air of cool.
Even the wedding dress, adorned with multiple straps, was cool.


And then in from the dark, Caragh Jane Logan's eponymous Karma Gedden label appeared, rainbow light up trainers, fibre optic headwear, glo body paint, somewhere in the multiverse a free party was missing its ravers. Luckily, they had landed on Bexhill Galactica and danced their wares away.


Colonising the stage like alien micro-organisms, Hastings Contemporary Dance School were exploring the space as if it was a lost planet, behaving separately, reacting collectively, creeping and bending, along the run way. They looked scared and alien and moved in a cross between gymnastics and dance. Other than an outpouring of talent and skill, it was a highly emotional performance and was nothing less than superb.


So now, Freya von Bulow, self described as “good with scissors”, that has to be an understatement of seismic proportions. Paper Couture that is haute couture. The volume of the dresses, built up by layers of paper and netting, is phenomenal. Each dress, all in white, contained finite cutting and shredding, producing binary, ghostly brides, beautiful and frightening.

 Bringing us back down to Earth, only to be shot straight back out of our human canons into the stratosphere, Sigue Sigue Sputnik, ramp up the energy, in a collection of sassy leopard prints, tartan suits and straps and zips and some more zips, not forgetting some bad ass PVC and a gothic ruffle. The Sputnik was thrown into orbit and ended the show with a bang, bang, bang. Bravo.


(all photos by Malcolm Tam)


--> FRONT ROW is proud to present a stunning performance art piece to be showcased at this year's FRONT ROW Fashion Show this Saturday, 21st November in the Foyer of the De La Warr Pavilion in Bexhill-on-Sea.

ANTISPACE is an ‘action installation’ designed for the public spaces at this iconic 1930s building and sets the tone for this year's event theme "Out Of This World".  Including live performances by Non Blank and Amma Dance Theatre and showcasing stunning bespoke, one-off apparel and accessories by WEAR ART.   

ANTISPACE is the creation of artist Marie-Louise Miller; a 3D animated drawing inspired by lo-fi/hi-fi visions of the future, virtual reality and the invisible web of information explored in 1980’s cyberpunk science fiction, especially the novels of William Gibson.  ANTISPACE violates the norms and conventions of spaces.
A troupe of Intergalactic Hostesses guide us through ANTISPACE modelling pieces from the URBAN DRIFTING bespoke collection of unique silk scarves by WEAR ART accessorising dresses created by students at Sussex Coast College Hastings where Marie-Louise is a visiting lecturer on FDA Fashion. Amelia Forrest & Marion Geisler of Amma Dance Theatre appear otherworldly in one-off commissioned pieces created by Tara Deighton Bridal & Bespoke. These stunning bespoke pieces are expertly conceived from a single monumental digital drawing on 100% silk crepe de chine by WEAR ART which formed part of DIGITAL MAYHEM 0I a digitally designed mural 1.3m high and 12m wide exploring and exploiting pixelation and the colour content of each digital unit. Non Blank echoes Marie-Louise’s visions in sound. Their semi-improvised vocals, organic analogue and digital instruments complement the concept of ANTISPACE. The site-specific installation is constructed using “paper stixx” made entirely from recycled newspaper providing a fitting setting for a show of compassion fashion. Marie-Louise uses the “paper stixx” to convey marks on paper working with the remnants of print colour and type, now disjointed as if pixelated.

Marie-Louise Miller is an artist and designer based in St Leonards on Sea. WEAR ART is a digital extension of her fine art practice in ready to wear form. Always excited to work in collaboration with artists, designers and creators; finding synergy of practice with those for whom the making is fundamental to their creative process. ANTISPACE was conceived as a collaborative monumental drawing animated by music and movement.

Non Blank perform semi-improvised suites of music based on recordings, schemes and strategies made and devised in and around various locations, collections, and libraries of sounds.
Darren Morris, initially spawned from London’s improvised music scene, is a seasoned performer, composer and producer. Recent projects include the soundtrack to the Sundance premiered film ‘We Are What We Are’ and pre-production of the internationally performed ‘Massive Attack v Adam Curtis’.
Riz Maslen is well known for her long list of recordings and projects under the Neotropic moniker while Ollie Cherer has been trading for the last decade under musical alias, Dollboy. Along with Darren Morris on keyboard instruments and Jack Hayter on steel guitar and viola, they come together as Non Blank using old tape machines, organic, analogue and digital instruments and voices to improvise around and react to each venue they play in.
Over the summer of 2014, Oliver Cherer and Riz Maslen were in residence at the De La Warr Pavilion, in both public and private spaces, exploring the sonic possibilities that the architecture had to offer. Other recent shows with the Non Blank line-up at various venues, including the Union Chapel, H20 Finland, and The Brunel Tunnel, have included spontaneous compositions involving church organs, a male voice choir, and audience members and school children armed with hand bells and bloogle resonators.
Links to examples of the work can be found:


Marion Geisler and Amelia Forrest both started their dance training in classical ballet. Amelia finished her schooling at The Bejart Ballet School, whilst Marion went on to Trinity Laban Conservatoire where she received her degree in contemporary dance. In parallel she started working with Jean-Philippe Guilois, choreographer of Cie Ex’Torsions who she still works regularly with. After her training, Amelia continued on to Poland to join The Baltic Dance Theatre, being promoted to soloist in her second year. Marion has worked with various artists in Switzerland, England and Russia. Amelia has worked with choreographers such as Jiri Kylian, Patrick Delcroix and Izadora Weiss. Both young female artists wanted to explore more playful, diverse, and collaborative work. They met on a project for Levantes Dance Theatre and besides continuing to freelance as dancers they have decided to embark on a journey of research and mindfulness together. They found Amma Dance Theatre in August 2015, hoping to create dance theatre work that enrich people's understanding and lives. 

ANTISPACE will be performed Saturday, 21st November 2015 in the foyer of the De La Warr Pavilion

before the fashion show at 7.20pm - 7.40pm
and during the inverval at 8.50pm - 9.10pm

Tickets to see their performance and the show can be obtained directly from the  DLWP Boxoffice

FR2015 Designer FRANCIS FIFI

Space Age Glamour

Designers: Bevali and Isabella Francis

"This collection for the FRONT ROW Fashion Show has been one of the most challenging yet, because we wanted to make all the hats out of recycled materials. Finding good quality felt hats to re-block has been a challenging task and we have had to use a lot of ingenuity to create the designs we set out to make. We have resorted to using old sequin curtains taking them apart and then stitching the sequins by hand and pulling apart old jewellery for the bead work. Fabric has been gleaned from clothes purchased in second hand shops too. Sourcing materials has been our biggest headache and has also changed the direction of our designs. 

A very positive developement has been a new label for the Francis Fifi range and we have added the Francis Fifi Revamp range to our Fifi and Hair Clutter labels. The Revamp label will let customers know that the hat they are buying is unique and totally recycled so there will never be another hat the same. All the imperfections in the materials used add to the unique quality of the designs.

The influence for our designs this year have come from Science Fiction B movies, serialist art and the 1960s take on modernism." 

We are proud to announce that this brilliant mother-daughter designer collaboration and their futuristic collection of head gear will be opening the Fashion Show this year, which takes place on Saturday, 21st November 2015 at the iconic De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill-on-Sea. Tickets are on sale now, click below to secure yours.



Make sure you got your FRONT ROW ticket because this event will truly be 

"Out of this World":

2 Bands
10 Epic Catwalk Collections
Charity Shop Challenge Awards
Boutique Shopping
Performance Art
Aftershow Party

 We are also hosting a great VINTAGE FAIR the next day!


30 Fashion Stalls
Classic Car Display
Vintage Fashion Show
Live entertainment by the "Memphis Flyers"
Classic Film Screenings
Vintage Refreshments 

11am til 4pm
Entry £2 before noon/£1 after  
children go free


We at FRONT ROW are very excited to be featuring Electro hot Newcomer band



at our Fashion Show & Performance Art Event on Saturday, 21st November at the iconic De La Warr Pavilion this year. This eclectic duo comprising of childhood friends Max Walker & James Latto comes highly recommended by Rough Trade and their performance will be the perfect introduction to our "out of this world' catwalk show. "The (London-based) pair create a seamless high energy blend that balances both the dark and euphoric. Explaining how the project started Max states,
“Unknown to me, James was mixing my records together and played me the result. I was completely sold. We have always been strong believers in the live show being better and different to the record. That’s when I decided to write a record that could be adapted, dismantled and built back up for a completely different live experience.”

FRONT ROW is very lucky to catch them just in time for their first EP release "Animal"

This body of work showcases a sound inspired by the new romantic style of old but with a strong sense of modernism propelling it forward, and is highlighted by Walker's rich baritone vocal reminiscent of Ian Curtis or Scott Walker. From the dark pulsing opener of ‘Bones’ through to the anthemic ‘Fires’ and hazy atmospheric closer ‘Animal,’ the EP provides an accomplished introduction to Sister Gracie.

“Whirring synths, funk rhythms and hand-claps all come together to form the super catchy Sister Gracie” Time Out"

"Animal" is available online at itunes, amazon & spotify.

For coming up live gigs, catch them on FB www.facebook.com/sistergracie.uk/?fref=ts