Lorraine Bowen’s Polyester Fiesta! celebrates retro fashion, comedy, dance and crimplene in an original catwalk-cabaret show.

Lorraine Bowen has an enormous collection of original outfits from the beginnings of the man-made fibre years of the 1960s to the 1980s.

2016 is polyester’s 75th year on the planet!


Polyester (well its origins) was invented in 1941 in Manchester, UK by two scientists – John Rex Whinfield and J.T. Dickson!

It was the wonder invention of its day and after much development in the 1950s and 60s, revolutionised clothing that up until then had to be professionally dry-cleaned.

Lorraine Bowen’s Polyester Fiesta! show parades the cheesy, kitsch and ultimately wondrous fabrics and outfits that were made between the late 1950s and 1980s.

Lorraine enjoys the textures, colours and patterns and has collected these original polyester outfits all her life.

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photos by Step Haiselden


Lorraine Bowen’s Polyester Fiesta! show in 3 different formats:

  • 2 hour show – with interval and audience catwalk competition
  • 75 minute show – all through with catwalk competition
  • ‘Vignette’ show – 12-15 minute thematic fashion shows

The show is excellent as an evening’s entertainment, part of an event, party or festival.  It never fails to delight and charm.

Here the scientist is explaining the polyester experience.


Sam Nixon and Clare Fowler complete the team and accompany Lorraine on the catwalk singing, dancing and parading polyester swimsuits, swinging sixties dresses and space outfits!



Polyester Fiesta! has starred at:-

BBC1’s The One Show

ITV’s Meridian News

White Nights Festival – Brighton main library

Glasgay at The Tron Theatre – Glasgow

Battersea Barge – London

RVT Fringe Festival at the Royal Vauxhall Tavern

John Lewis Headquarters – London

Brighton Fringe Festival – St Michael’s Church

Outset Festival at The Brewhouse Theatre – Taunton

Lost Theatre – London

Komedia – Brighton

Hemmingway’s Vintage Festival – The South Bank

Colchester Comedy Festival – Colchester Arts Centre

Big Top Trinity Arts Festival  – Tunbridge Wells

Vintage Festival – Brighton

Hurstpierpont Festival – East Sussex

Mind Out for Laughs Cabaret – Brighton


Polyester Fiesta! doesn’t always need a raised catwalk – just a stage area, floor space, some chairs, lights and PA as seen here Brighton Library!

The team are well prepared to improvise with your space but some type of catwalk area is always preferable!  Do contact me have a chat about your requirements.



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More Polyester Fiesta! show photos

The first collection of photos were taken by Simon Burgess at the Fringe City event in Brighton.  The second collection is by photographer, Step Haiselden at the Brighton Fringe Festival at St Michaels’s Church and on the Battersea Barge and there are some photos by Melita Dennett at the White Nights Festival in Brighton Library.  Many thanks to these great photographers for capturing the polyester so well!