Sunday evening, at 701 Whaley, the Contemporary Trends in Fashion class (RETL 388) put on a fashion show called “Birds of a Feather Flock Together.” All of the proceeds of ticket sales went to Clothed in Hope, a non-profit organization created by one of our own students, Amy Woodell. Its mission is to “alleviate poverty and provide hope to widows in the Ng’ombe compound in Lusaka, Zambia through vocational training in sewing.”
Woodell went on a mission trip to Zambia over the summer and was inspired by the women she met along the way. Amy created the restyled clothing line to support Zambian women out of recycled t-shirts sewn by those who enter her 2-month training program. The clothing at the fashion show were from our very own local retailers. The list included Belladea, Bohemian, M Boutique, Pink Sorbet, Just the Thing, VanJean, LaRoque and Kicks.
There were also designers who put their creations into the show including Slice by CaVrol Copeland and 3 student designers: Ashlyn Tuggle, Lilly Greenhalgh and Amy Woodell.
There are only a few “complaints” I have of the show. First is the slight technical difficulties they experienced when trying to show Amy’s inspiring video for her Clothed in Hope campaign. Second is instead of showing some winter looks for guys from Pink Sorbet, they chose to clothe them in bathing suits while keeping the girls in more fall-inspired looks.
All in all, the show was a success and supported a great cause in a beautiful venue, fully decked out in glitz and glamour. The attendees were looking stylish as well; Here are some super fashionable people who came out to support Clothed in Hope: