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Cunard Debuts First Trans-Atlantic Catwalk

Passengers aboard Cunard’s Queen Mary II can expect a week-long fashion extravaganza as they set sail across the Atlantic.

Sep 07, 2016 | By Shatricia Nair

Fashion is about to set sail on board the Queen Mary II, as luxury cruise liner Cunard debuts a week-long fashion-centric itinerary that sees runway shows and exclusive designer sneak peeks before New York Fashion Week.

The inaugural trans-atlantic catwalk at sea will present collections by rising designers who recently graduated from the illustrious Royal College of Art. The newly remastered cruise liner, will make its way across the Atlantic Ocean as British designer Dame Zandra Rhodes debuts her latest collection. If her name rings a bell, it is because the celebrated British fashion icon has dressed many a rich and famous, including international stars such as Freddie Mercury, Jackie Onassis and Elizabeth Taylor. Fashion historian and commentator Colin McDowell and New York Fashion Week founder Fern Mallis will also be on deck as special guests.

This isn’t the first time high fashion has found its way onto cruise ships; many house retailers aboard cater to affluent guests who want to indulge in a little retail therapy. The skies have also been home to runway shows, with Southwest Airlines being the most recent to turn their airplane into an airborne catwalk to showcase its new uniforms. Virgin America and Spanish carrier Vueling have also partnered with fashion brands Banana Republic and Stradivarius respectively for in-flight runway shows in the air.

And in a fitting way to end its stylish voyage, the Queen Mary II will dock in New York on September 8, just in time for New York Fashion Week.