Langara College held its fourth annual charity fashion show last night, transforming the upper level of the library into a swanky boutique and runway.
The event, organized by the Special Events Planning and Marketing class and the Langara Business Association (LBA), donated all proceeds to the Battered Women’s Support Services (BWSS).
Event organizers have donated to a different charity for each of the previous three years.
LBA president Emma Leigha Munro was very happy with the turnout and said the show was a sell out. All 160 tickets were sold a week ago.
What’s more, the event was put together by a handful of dedicated individuals.
“It’s amazing what students can achieve with zero budget and volunteers. We completely transformed the space,” Munro said.
The agenda for the evening started with a silent auction, featuring items donated by the long list of sponsors and live entertainment with DJ Eric V and saxophonist Karla Sleightholme.
After guests enjoyed complimentary appetizers donated by Safeway, guest found their seat in one of the many silk-wrapped chairs surrounding the runway.
The hosts, actor Ron Wear and television presenter Alexia Fairbrother introduced each designer between sets and gave thanks to the list of over 30 sponsors that contributed to the event.
The designers included JC Studio, Francesca by Pamela Ordonez, Parisian Lady Custom Design, Avalon Rose, and a collaboration of designs from John Casablanca graduates and clothing from My Sister’s Closet, a social enterprise for the BWSS.
One of the board members of the BWSS, Jennifer Johnstone, gave a heartfelt thank you to all those that volunteered and contributed to the establishment, which has been around since 1979.
LBA member Virginia Millsap, who modeled for the show, was pleased that My Sister’s Closet “specifically asked for models of all ethnicities, shapes and sizes.”
Millsap also held auditions for the volunteer models, which they found through a Craigslist ad and by contacting modeling agencies and took measurements and sending off pictures to the designers for approval.
Reported by Kristen Harpula