Volume 94, Issue 70

Friday, January 26, 2001


The Ashgrove's show is the thing

Phish phan phun

Fashion for a good cause

Bubba will survive

Fashion for a good cause

By Adam Bailey
Gazette Staff

This Sunday, London's most creative and unique designers will join the fight against breast cancer. The BetweenUs Hair And Fashion Event, to be held at downtown's Hilton Hotel, will showcase the work of local designers and stylists, in support of London's chapter of the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation.

BetweenUs is produced by Claire Green, a first-year political science student and director/choreographer of London's Fashion Greenhouse, and partner Heather Wenman-Fleming, an Entrenous designer. The show will feature fashions from seven local designers, hair from the stylists at Entrenous, and a Nu Jazz soundtrack programmed by DJ Jonathan Coe. All proceeds from the event will be donated to the CBCF, Green said.

"People can expect to see a century of great fashion," said Wenman-Fleming, the show's creative director. "We've decided to be very eclectic in choosing designers. We're jumping from one theme to another."

Based in New Hamburg, Jerry Penner, a.k.a. "The Chain Mail Guy," will be among the designers showing their work at the event.

"My designs were originally inspired by Tina Turner's costume in Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome," he said. Constructed in a traditional technique developed over 2,000 years ago, Penner's clothes prove chain mail isn't just for butchers and shark divers anymore.

"I've twisted basic chain mail armour to make it look funkier," Penner said. "It's club clothing as well as fantasy wear."

While BetweenUs promises to be an up-tempo event, Green stressed the seriousness of the issue. "19,000 men and women are expected to be diagnosed with breast cancer this year," she said, "There is no cure."

Anthony Senzel, a second-year Western biology student, also felt the issue was serious. "It's important to increase awareness," he said. "Men need to encourage women [to examine themselves] and women need to be aware of what's going on in their own body."

According to Joel Heitin, a representative for the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation, breast cancer is the leading cause of death for Canadian women aged 35 to 49. "Events like this help to raise awareness for breast cancer," Heitin said.

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