A celebration of Plymouth’s identity in the world of fashion…

The Box & Barbican Theatre present 'Identity Parade' - a fashion show with a twist and a showcase for some of Plymouth and the South West’s most exciting designers, creatives and brands. Come and see their creations on the catwalk as they respond to a range of themes and mix it up with DJs, dancers and divas.


From red carpet couture to amazing accessories, this is a fashion show all about identity: individual identity, community identity and Plymouth’s identity in the world of fashion.


Identity Parade is inspired by ‘Dress Code – Fashion Stories from The Box' (until 4 September) – the city’s first exhibition dedicated to fashion. ‘Dress Code’ spans the 1700s to the present day and includes everything from lace to latex. 

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Identity Parade is presented in collaboration with Queer District Collective, who are the main sponsor of the event. QDC is a meeting space for queer individuals, groups and their allies which creates and supports activity on Plymouth’s queer district of the Bretonside area and beyond, to empower those who belong to the LGBTQ+ community and to strengthen their rights


WHEN: Friday 27 May 2022. Doors / bar open 7:30pm. Showtime: 8pm

WHERE: The Box, Tavistock Place, Plymouth, PL4 8AX

OTHER INFO: For ages 16+. Running time approx 2 hrs inc break. 

TICKETS:  Pay What You Can - £ 5 minimum 


Get Involved

Could you support us or get involved with the production of Identity Parade?  



‘Identity Parade’ takes place at The Box on 27 May and will feature 11 categories focussing on different identities in our communities. 


We’re looking for designers, makers, customisers and fashionistas to put together complete looks to take to the runway. We’ll pay you £200 towards putting your look(s) together.  

An example of what we're looking for in three of our eleven categories....

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Our categories: 


Fashion is Forever (Sustainable Fashion)

Hiding in Plain Sight (Social Camouflage)

Electro-cute (Wearable Tech)

Serving Accessories (Accessories / Footwear)

Historic C’est Chic (History / Vintage) 

Fishy Realness (Feminine, Water, Coastal) 

Off Your Head (Headwear / Hair)

Wet & Wild (Swimwear / Beach) 

Ring In The Changes (A Changeable Look) 

Serving High Fashion(High Fashion Category) 

DressCode (Identity - Being Your ‘You’)



Sponsorship & Support

We’re also looking for local businesses to support the event. There are different ways to support our show:


  • Sponsor a category

  • Donate a piece for the show

  • Offer support in another way


You can find out more about ‘Identity Parade’, the sponsorship and benefits on offer by emailing Jo Cann, Marketing Manager at Barbican Theatre jo@barbicantheatre.co.uk 

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