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COULD you be the next face of Oxford Fashion Week?

Organisers of the flagship event, from November 5 to 11, are inviting people of any size, shape and style to an open casting session in the city.

Last year’s open session was a huge success, with more than 200 hopefuls turning up in the hope of landing a catwalk spot.

And one young model, Emma Appleton from Witney, even went on to land a professional contract off the back of the event.

Marketing manager Nick Seagrave said: “It went really well last year, we had a lot of people turn up. The demand was a lot higher than we expected.

“It’s a fantastic opportunity. They don’t need any experience, they just need to be committed and have the confidence to do it.”

He said the event was committed to ethical fashion and using models regardless of shape or size.

He said: “It really doesn’t matter, it’s all about confidence.”

Organisers of Oxford Fashion Week say they expect the global fashion community to descend on the city in November.

Events include a red carpet haute couture show at the world famous Ashmolean Museum. Further headline events include a high street fashion event, young designer awards, a music/fashion concept show and a lingerie show.

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The event is supported by Oxford City Council.

Council leader Bob Price said: “The week has grown in a very short time from an idea from students who were aiming to create a showcase for their work, to a multi-dimensional series of events that is attracting the future stars of fashion as well as some of the world’s most renowned designers.”

The open casting session will be held at the Old Fire Station in Oxford on Friday, October 13, from 6pm to 10pm. Another session, exclusively for Oxford University students, will be held on the Saturday at the Oxford Union Chamber.

Pre-registration is not required. Entrants must be over the age of 14 and girls must bring high-heels.

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