Alternative Fashion Fest 1st birthday: the review

We reviewed the original Alternative Fashion Festival one whole year ago. Since then, the show has toured the country and luckily our understanding of WordPress has vastly improved too.

The AFF is a free fashion show established to raise awareness of the Sophie Lancaster Foundation and encourage everybody to wear whatever the hell they want (please don’t wear a merkin, tho’).


The event took place at Circo and celebrates models from all walks of life, promoting the philosophy that fashion should be accessible to everyone and that just because a gal has sideburns and piercings doesn’t mean she can’t rock a demure floral number.

Image by Howard Wilson

The event was masterminded by former model and industry old hand Jane Bellis AKA ‘Mama Wolf’, who was sick of the cookie-cutter world of catwalks.

Jane Bellis by Howard Wilson

Jane opened the show herself by performing an entire makeover in 3 1/2 minutes live onstage.

Jane Bellis

Highlights included spoken word poetry by Lyndsay Price of Salt Water Poetry. This point at the beginning of an event is when we at BossLiv tend to zone out due to an ADHD-level attention span. But Lyndsay was creative, engaging and gorgeous, telling poignant tales of sexuality and self harm with had us snivelling into our Pornstar Martini.

Back with a proven track record of being the fiercest birds we’ve ever encountered were Jynx and Nyx of the incredible Monster Cirque with fire and freakshow acts. 

Other talented ladies included Kimmy Beatbox and burlesque performer Ariella Firecracker (and her live snake Dita).

As usual the event was packed with entertainment ranging from hula hooping to drag and the best in alternative local fashion (the latex was our fave, obv).

See you next year!


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