Volume 92, Issue 20

Wednesday, October 7, 1998



Fashion strutting for a cause

By Jill Sutherley
Gazette Staff

En vogue anyone?

Tonight at London's Convention Center, fall fashion is definitely where it's at, as the Brain Tumor Foundation of Canada proudly presents its 12th annual fashion spectacular.

The theme of the production this year is Come to the Movies. "Every set has a different movie theme," explains Sue Barnes of the Brain Tumor Foundation. "We're starting with Titanic and there'll be Grease, as well as The Full Monty."

When asked exactly how the latter film would be portrayed, Barnes chuckles as she admits the show's producer Diane Diachina merely told the cast of models, "Surprise me!"

"Over the years, the event has gone from a cast of volunteer models and a home-spun appeal, to a production that is given nine months of planning in order to set itself apart as being the premier fashion show in London," Barnes says. Styles and clothing for the show were carefully selected from London's various local retailers and are sure to give a stylish and sophisticated impression, while enhancing the chosen movie themes and music.

The mission behind the glamour and pizzazz of the evening however, revolves around raising funds for brain tumor research and providing patient and family support services.

"October is our awareness month and this fashion show gives us an opportunity to tell people about brain tumors so that they can really be aware of the signs and symptoms. Many people don't know and they can be misdiagnosed," Barnes says. The foundation's goal this year is to spread the word about the seriousness of their cause and to raise funds in the range of $1,000.

The doors will open at 5 p.m. for those who care to browse the many display tables which include the works of various artists and local companies.

"We've got entertainment which features local entertainer Sam Stajfer whose new CD, Canada First, is expected to be used for the 2001 Olympic Games," Barnes says. Stajfer has offered to perform at the event free of charge, as the charity represents a cause he strongly believes in.

From the sounds of things, the actual gala of fashion is bound to be another flawless performance by those involved in the show's creation. In her 21st year of producing the fashion supershow, Diane Diachina knows what works and aims at producing a glamorous evening of ultimate audience enjoyment. Hosted by London's New PL television station, the event promises to boast the peak of professionalism and creativity.

For those who enjoy the thrill of the model-strut down the catwalk, the evening should prove exciting and rewarding. For others who enjoy the anticipation of six men dropping their pants in the name of fashion, well, you too may be pleasantly surprised.

Tickets are available in advance for $15 at all Canada Trust Branches and will also be sold for $20 at the door.

To Contact The Arts and Entertainment Department: gazette.entertainment@julian.uwo.ca

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