Volume 91, Issue 75

Wednesday, February 11, 1998



Fashionable charity greek style

©Tom Baumgartner/Gazette

By Jill Sutherley
Gazette Writer

It's time to bring on the cameras, lights, make-up and models for a fashionable evening of runway magic.

Tonight Western's greek community of sororities and fraternities join together to strut their stuff on the university catwalk. The eighth annual fashion show scheduled for this evening at the Wave represents the largest greek philanthropic endeavour on campus with all proceeds going to support arthritis research.

Producer of the event and Alpha Omicron Pi member Jenn McCarthy, says the event is titled "Evolution" because the show illustrates the changing fashion trends throughout the decades, leading up to a futuristic look at what the coming years will bring. The music for the show was carefully selected to enhance the clothes of each individual decade, though McCarthy remarks "it's not necessarily the kind of stuff you would hear on the radio. We tried to keep away from the mainstream."

Work and planning for this large event, which is expected to attract roughly 600 people, began in September. Featured model for the show and Alpha Gamma Delta member Amy Violot is looking forward to participating. "I saw it last year and thought it looked like fun. It's very different from the typical fashion show – it was much more than I thought it would be."

Fellow Alpha Gamma Delta member and featured model Hilary Gauld comments that for her, the show is a fantastic way to meet other people from the fraternities and sororities and work together in support of a great cause. "The fashion show benefits the students who come and watch it, the retailers who show their clothes, and most importantly of course, the charity," Gauld says.

At Saturday's rehearsal, the atmosphere was very relaxed and laid back. It is evident that the people involved in the event are already very well-rehearsed and only small touch-ups were made, including finding the perfect strut and the required bit of attitude which will enhance the portrayal of each decade. The choreography (Allyson Steedman and Sheri McLean) looked to be very effective in creating a unique atmosphere for each scene. Overall, the rehearsal looked promising and tonight's show is bound to be an entertaining fashion event.

"It's not just like another night out at the bar," McCarthy says. It's such a collaborative production and it's all for charity, a very worthwhile cause."

Tickets for the show are still available and will be sold at the door for $10.

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