Retired local bridal gown designer Maureen Fuller is hosting a 20 year reunion for local models who strutted their stuff in all their finery in fashion shows dating back to the early nineties.
Maureen, who retired from her shop Geddes-Muir based at Queens Road, Hastings in January 2015 after 22 years in the Bridal Industry, is inviting all the models, many of whom would have been children at the time they modelled for her, to join in a 20 year Reunion celebration at Bannatyne Spa Hotel, Hastings on Sunday May 22, 12-4pm. “My models literally came from all over the local area,” she said. “From Hastings, St Leonards, Bexhill, Battle, Rye..The trouble is that there were many who were just children at the time and now they are all grown up I’ve no way of finding them to invite them to join in the reunion celebrations so I hope they will see this story in the Observer and get in touch.”
Maureen’s talents as a designer caught the eye of many a celebrity during her career including Janie Omorongbe who was ‘Rio the Gladiator’ and, for over ten years worked closely with the Observer running the Bride of the Year Competition.
Her first bridal showcase fashion show and wedding fair in 1993 was held at the De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill. Further successful fashion shows and bridal fairs included at the White Rock Theatre, St Marys in the Castle, and the Royal Victoria Hotel, which also raised funds for Macmillan Cancer Charities.
In 1997 Lord Tiverton opened Mr Geddes-Muir, Maureen’s first formal hire shop for men which she ran with her daughter Tracy Dale at Castle Street, Hastings.
Thanking her family and all her loyal customers models and staff who she says made her career so fulfilling, she says the icing on the cake will be to see many of her models at the reunion. “You are all welcome to join us on May 22 for nibbles, drinks and slideshows of fashion shows spanning over twenty years,” she said. “It would be lovely to see you all again- please join us if you can.”