Charity fashion show to reflect diversity of taste—and models

Organizers of a charity fashion show on campus this week are making an effort to capture the glitz of a high-end presentation, without reflecting stereotypical preconceptions of what makes a good model.

The show, labelled “Fearless,” is presented by Students for Charitable Enterprise in partnership with the Womyn’s Centre as a fundraiser for Hiatus House, a social service agency offering confidential intervention for families experiencing domestic violence.

It will showcase the clothing of such local designers as House of Versatile Styles, Chimera, Monty’s and Wound-Up, modelled by UWindsor students who represent the community’s diversity.

“We really tried to cast people based on more than their appearance,” says Womyn’s Centre coordinator Tracy Huynh. “We were more concerned with how the presented themselves and whether they will be easy to work with.”

The models have been practising twice a week in order to make a polished presentation, she says. The event will also feature special VIP seating and a silent auction of pieces donated by the participating designers.

It is set for 6 p.m. Friday, November 16, in the CAW Student Centre’s Ambassador Auditorium. Tickets are $15 for students, $20 for student VIP seating, $25 general admission and $30 for non-student VIPs, and will be available at a booth in the student centre through the week. Find more details on the event’s Facebook page.