Sequined blouses, satin dresses and sparkly jewellery lined the rails of the fitting room as 24 first-time models waited anxiously to meet their catwalk attire.
A total of 23 women and one man will take to the stage at Wales Millennium Centre as part of the Breast Cancer Care fashion show on March 5.
The models, who range in age from 24 to 80 and have all received a breast cancer diagnosis, met with two stylists at Cardiff’s Marriott Hotel yesterday to try on their outfits for the first time.
Maggie Hourihan, a neuro-radiologist from Rhiwbina, said: “I have four outfits and my favourite is a gold cocktail dress. I fell in love with it straight away – I was just hoping it would fit.”
The 60-year-old, whose husband and daughter will be supporting her on the night, added: “I was feeling really nervous because I did not know what to expect until today, but I’m feeling more relaxed now I’ve tried on the clothes. I didn’t like a couple of the outfits, but the stylists have been very flexible. Now, I’m feeling a kind of nervous excitement.”
Netta Wools, from Dinas Powys, is no stranger to the catwalk, after working as a professional model and organising charity fashion shows for the past 15 years.
She said: “I’m looking forward to seeing my clothes for the first time. Like most of the women here, I’m most worried about the fit, but I’m very open to trying new things.”
The 75-year-old, whose two sons will be attending the show, added: “I am really hoping for a glamorous evening dress, or perhaps a nice suit. Ideally, I’d like something I look really good in and that fits well. I’m hoping for something a bit special.”
Retired bank worker Angela Mee, 64, said: “One of my outfits is a catsuit, which is something I used to wear in the in the 60s, but I would never normally wear now!”
Angela, who will have 18 friends and family members in the audience on the night, added: “I am nervous about the show, but also very excited. The thing I am most looking forward to is the atmosphere.”
Cardiff stylists Claire Rees and Anna Palmieri first met the models in August, when they discussed preferred colours and styles.
Since then, they have had the huge task of preparing more than 100 outfits. There will be seven different themes in the show, from 1950s fashions to cocktail dresses.
Claire said: “It has been lovely that every single model has been really open to trying something completely different that will really wow the audience. I have got a lot of admiration for them. These ladies have put themselves in our hands and they have trusted completely.”