By Shakira Ericksen and Maks Goldenshteyn
In:Site Staff Reporters
Ticket holders and students alike were treated to an elegant and classy fashion show and helped raise money for charities in the process.
Students held a fashion show to raise money for several charities at the University of Washington last week.
Kelsey Overby and other members of the Alpha Phi Sorority decided to host an event and contacted the charities they wanted to support.
Overby said that this was not for a class. She and other students wanted to host a fashion event, they contacted the charities they wanted to support and then looked for sponsors.
“We organically came together and it’s grown from that,” Overby said.
Luly Yang supplied the models and clothes for the runway show which was held in the quad at the University of Washington.
Tickets were available to students for $20 and along with the ticket came a tie and a “swag bag” full of coupons and other donated items from sponsors.
Students who didn’t buy tickets could watch the show anyway by merely sitting on the grass nearby.
The models and outfits were announced by Miss Washington 2009, Tara Turnure.
The pieces modeled at the show were from previously displayed collections from Luly Yang.
Audience members were also treated to advice on how to make a good impression in interviews.
The Founder of Evolution of Style, Jonathan Mustich, gave a short presentation on how “dressing the part” is essential to getting the job. He advised graduates and people looking for a job in general to; do their homework (research the company where they want to work) and purchase at least one nice suit.
“I thought it was really great,” said UW student Elizabeth St. Clair. he swan dress (was my favorite) I got really excited, it was beautiful.”
St. Clair also said that she found Mustich’s advice to “fit in and dress down” interesting.
The two main charities the runway show was supporting were; The Resolution Project and Ashoka’s Youth Venture.
The Resolution Project started in 2007 as online global social network for young leaders. The project now has over 4,000 leaders and is funding projects in Rwanda, Venezuela, and Mexico.
Resolution is dedicated to reawakening a sense of civic and social responsibility among youth in the world, according to http://www.resolutionproject.org/.
Ashoka’s Youth Venture encourages young people between the ages of 12-20 to start social ventures that can range from; teaching b-boy lesson at a community center, to raising money for education in third world countries.
Youth Venture’s tries to provide opportunities to any young person trying to improve their community according to http://www.genv.net/