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If you’ve got a big event coming up and you need a dress to impress but you’re worried about your budget, look no further.

Three Burnley ladies, spanning 3 generations, who have extensive experience in the fashion and clothing industry, will have just the dress for you.

Whatever your age and style, they have a wide range of designer dresses which would cost in the hundreds to buy, that can now be hired for an evening, a weekend, or a holiday, at a fraction of the cost, and you need never be seen wearing the same dress twice!

Whether it’s a wedding, a day at the races, your big prom night, an awards ceremony, a holiday or cruise, you can pack those designer dresses seen worn by top celebs – shhhhhh we’ll let you into a little secret – many celebs hire the designer dresses too – and some of the dresses for hire through Hire The Catwalk have been worn by famous names including Katie Price, Chloe Goodman, Jasmin Walia to name but a few.

You’ll be in good hands as these ladies know quite a bit about style and fashion, having successfully launched Lancashire’s only designer dress hire agency – Hire The Catwalk, which has over 5,000 followers on Instagram and social media.

you need never be seen wearing the same dress twice!

Hire the Catwalk, is owned by daughter Amelia Carroll (21), who is following in the fashion footsteps of her mum Caroline, who worked as a model in the fashion industry for many years, who in turn gained an interest in fashion from her mum (Amelia’s Grandma), who was a tayloress and former fashion buyer, who worked for Bradmores and Egans in Burnley for many years.

Amelia Carroll, owner and entrepreneur, said: “I am passionate about fashion and had the idea for the Hire The Catwalk business a couple of years ago. I discussed it with my mum and grandma who totally supported the idea that it would be great to rent a designer dress at a fraction of the cost to buy, as most girls only wear them once anyway and the rest is history really, the business is going from strength to strength.

“I set up a shop on Keirby Walk in Burnley in 2014, at the request of customers who wanted to try on the dresses before they hired them, and my mum and grandma help me out in the shop.

“The shop is just a small part of Hire the Catwalk, which is an online rental business allowing us to ship our dresses all over the UK mainland. We have a large customer base with customers following us on social media and hearing about us by word of mouth.

Adding: “I’m proud to say several celebrities have worn my dresses, with Chloe Goodman from Ex on the Beach wearing my Layla dress to the Now magazine fashion event. I’ve sent dresses to Chloe Lewis and Jasmine Walia from TOWIE, and the well-known Katie Price who wore our Willow Dress. It’s wonderful to see celebs in our dresses in the fashion magazines.

“We want everyone to look and feel like a celebrity at an affordable price.”

You can browse their selection of dresses and order online www.hirethecatwalk.com or pop in to their shop on Keirby Walk in Burnley Town Centre, but remember the shop is by appointment only ladies, so you’ll be sure to receive the star treatment. It won’t be like a scene from Pretty Woman, the ladies will treat you like a star and find you the dress of your dreams to suit your budget!

Oh, and don’t worry about matching bags and accessories – they’ve got these for hire too. Get out there ladies and dress to impress!

 

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The historic rooms and stately corridors of Burnley’s stunning Towneley Hall and Museum were transformed last autumn for the prestigious national NAFAS flower show Naturein2Art.

Themed displays were created throughout the hall by talented floral artists from The North West Area of NAFAS (National Association of Flower Arrangers), who transformed the Hall into a floral oasis.

The stunning backdrop and setting of Towneley Hall was chosen as the perfect location for the prestigious floral art exhibition by NAFAS, which attracted coach tours and visitors from across the UK.

NAFAS kindly allowed pre-exhibition access to the Burnley Magazine team to create a unique fashion photo shoot to feature the hall and dresses from local business ‘Hire The Catwalk’ in this year’s edition and we think you’ll love the results.

On a rather chilly autumn morning, our photographer, Andy Ford, set up lighting stands (very carefully amidst the displays). Hair and make-up artists (Simon Townley and Rhianna Lydia) got busy, and the model, Alaina Bennett, provided by Hire The Catwalk (who is married to Kyle Bennett from Portsmouth FC – little name drop there!) braved the chilly morning, changing in and out of several gorgeous dresses, which are available for hire from growing Burnley business Hire The Catwalk, to stage this amazing shoot amongst the floral creations (thanks Alaina).

Our cover shot was taken alongside the show stopping welcome display to the exhibition reflecting couture in nature and fashion design.

Towneley has a range of exhibitions throughout the year, and adventures for all the family, so don’t worry if flowers aren’t your thing, there’s secret passageways, Egyptian mummies, the famous ‘Bill the Bear’, adventure packs for the children, all set in the glorious Towneley grounds and gardens which come alive in the summer with the Classic Car Show, Woodland Festival, and outdoor concerts.

 

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Alessia

Our personal favourite for this year’s 2016 parties!

This dress is designed by StyleStalker, and is made with detailed cream lace over biscuit coloured fabric, and finished with a contrast Ivory Skater Style Skirt. You won’t find this on the high street.

hirethecatwalk.com – £34.99   (Retail price – £170.00)

 

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Cleo

We Love this new addition! This Forever Unique Aqua Bandage dress is a knockout!

Made from stretch free material with low-cut back and cut in neckline, and panelling detail, with multicoloured jewel beading embellishment around the neckline.

Zip at the back of the dress with hook and eye fastening.

hirethecatwalk.com – £39.99  (Retail £250.00)

 

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Valentina

This dress is a show stopper!

Our Valentina dress is perfect for any fancy occasion. It’s blush pink colour compliments the dress perfectly with its one shoulder design, and folded pleated detail, diamante embellishment, and hidden side zip.

hirethecatwalk.com – £39.00   (Retail Price £325)

 

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Regan

A stunning floor length dress designed by Forever Unique.

All over sequinned silver and black baroque design, with a sweet heart strapless neckline and detailed swirl pattern.

It has a figure skimming design, and is fully lined. Hidden zip at the back of the dress.

hirethecatwalk.com – £44.99  (Retail 250.00)