Wed, Jul 17th, 2013 12:00 am

Fashion show to benefit Wildey

Fashion show to benefit Wildey



If you dream of someday walking the runway, modeling the latest styles and spending time with famous designers, your dream might not be as far away as you think.

The Friends of the Wildey organization is hosting the first ever Fashion’s Night Out Benefit, and it is searching for women to model in their runway show on Sept. 6.

“We’re looking for women of all shapes, sizes, and ages,” said Christine Head, the coordinator of this event.  “We hope to show a true representation of the Edwardsville trendy shopper.”

Models will have the opportunity to sport clothes from some of our area’s most stylish shops including: Mr. Anthony’s, Glik’s, Mod and What To Wear. Women can apply at the aforementioned stores by filling out a form, presenting a current photograph and returning it by July 19.

Auditions for models will be held at the Wildey at 7 p.m. on July 24.

Models may also get a chance to meet the hostess for the evening, a contestant in both Project Runway season 9, as well as Project Runway All-stars, Laura Kathleen.

“(Laura Kathleen) is an amazing young woman who’s very charming,” said Head. “She’s extremely helpful, and we are so lucky to have her help with our event.”

Models, however, will not be the only ones who will have the chance to meet Laura Kathleen.  V.I.P. ticket holders will get exclusive backstage passes to talk with the star, and a deluxe gift bag along with the amenities of a general admission ticket for only $50.

A general admission ticket will provide a seat to the show, cocktails and nibbles for $20. Trunk shows, or pop-up stores, will also be displayed on the third floor including designs from the stores in the show, Hudson Jewelers, Lost Arts, Mary Kay Cosmetics and Skif (a clothing designer/manufacturer based in St. Louis).

Head, along with colleagues Suzanne Nevins and Kathy Dickmann, came up with the idea based on fashion shows that local businesses would host when they were growing up. Head said that it was a great experience that they hoped to bring to the people of the community.

Proceeds from the benefit will go towards the Wildey Theatre.

“The funds raised help the theatre meet its annual budget obligations thus allowing it to program events for the community that might not otherwise be profitable,” said Richard Walker, President of Friends of the Wildey Theatre.

The Fashion’s Night Out Benefit will take place on Sept. 6 at approximately 7 p.m. Doors will open earlier for trunk show viewing and cocktails. Tickets will be available online at wildeytheatre.com or at the door.

“I’m excited about giving women the opportunity to strut their stuff on the runway, as well as have an interesting night out,” said Head.





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