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Charity and fashion unite

By Megan O’Toole
Gazette Staff

What better way to appeal to the Western population than by hosting a fashion show?

The University Students’ Council’s Charity Ball committee is wise to the workings of Western, and in their continuing efforts to raise money for their chosen charities (the Alzheimer’s Society of London and Middlesex and the London Humane Society), they have decided to bring on the fashion. The show is taking place this Sunday at The Wave. Tickets are $5 at the door and the entertainment begins at 8 p.m..

“The fashion show is actually an annual event that happens every year as a secondary fundraiser for Charity Ball,” explained Gee-Hae Kim, second-year political science student and co-organizer of the fashion show.

The other co-organizer, fourth-year arts student Sara Morgan, said she is determined to make the show a success.
“It is a great way to promote the Charity Ball as it gives people ideas of where to get their gowns and [tuxedos] and where to get their hair and make-up done, [as well as] more information about the chosen charities,” Morgan said.
But first, the basics: what types of fashion can students expect to see?

“You can expect surprises and delights.” Kim assured. “We have split the [show] up into [three sections:] casual, formal wear and lingerie. This is your chance to witness a live shopping show so you can pick out your dress for the Charity Ball.”

Morgan added that the three sections can be correlated to “before the ball, during the ball and after the ball.” Casual clothes during the day, a nice gown or tux for the evening and lingerie for — well, you know.

Kim said that although there will be no clothing for sale at the event, the show will function as an advertisement for each store, as announcements will be made as to where each outfit can be purchased.

“Each scene will be showcasing a different store and their latest fashions,” Morgan said. “It will give the audience an idea of what each store has to offer and they can then go and try [the fashions] on.”

Third-year social science student Jenny DeMiranda said the fashion show makes sense at a school like Western. “It’s what students are into,” she remarked, noting that in terms of fashion, she would expect to see “a toned-down version of what you see on TV.”

As for the models, Kim explained that the selection process was fairly straightforward. “The models were selected through a stressful boot camp which included singing, dancing and gymnastics,” Kim joked. “Actually, none of that was involved. Rather, models came in and auditioned for us through an interview and a ‘walk.’”

The best is that proceeds will be 100 per cent profit — for the charities, of course.

“The fashion show is not costing us a cent to run,” Morgan confirmed. “The Wave has donated the space and people to host the afterparty and [the USC’s] Entertainment Productions has donated their time and talent to help us with the set and the technical side. The rest is all student volunteering and donations from clothing stores, Jaz Hair Salon and Mary-Kay Make-up.”

Following the show, the models, dancers and organizers will be auctioned off to the highest bidder to raise even more money.

“We are hoping for a great turnout this year,” Kim noted. “Word is going around and the hype for the show is in full swing. Plus, everything goes to charity. That’s the best part.”

For those who are still out of the Charity Ball loop, the whole shindig is taking place at the London Convention Centre on Saturday, Jan. 31. Tickets are $35 and are currently on sale at InfoSource.



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