The CAISA fashion show offers 'Mystique'

Annual event to raise $15,000 for Children's Health Foundation

Tuesday, April 7th, 2009

Fashion model

For the last nine years, the Canadian Asian International Students’ Association has hosted one of Western’s hottest fashion shows.

“[CAISA and its fashion show] promote multiculturalism, activity in student life, and the development of a social conscience,” says CAISA president Alex Louie.

This year’s show includes performances by a world famous Miami break dancer, singers, speed skippers, Western hip-hop artists and extreme martial arts by Team Dim Sum.

According to Louie, the fashion portion boasts gorgeous models, inventive sets, innovative outfits and famous lingerie and swimsuit scenes.

“Our show differs from others on campus in that models and dancers are one and the same,” Louie says.

Spectators can expect a well-organized and creative show, says the show’s director Serena Ho.

“[The show will be] an evening of desire, hope and mystery,” Ho adds.

This year’s theme is “Mystique.”

Louie says CAISA will “take the audience into a dream world with a wide array of scenes that promises to pique auditory, visual and spatial senses.”

“Mystique” will showcase clothing from several popular London boutiques. Both elegant formal wear and racy swimsuits will be modelled.

The show’s organizers teamed with Sutherland Models, the official modeling agency of City TV’s Canada’s Next Top Model, for this year’s show.

At the show one female and one male model will win contracts with the agency. They will be selected by a panel of judges, including a Canada’s Next Top Model finalist.

For the past few years, CAISA has donated 100 per cent of its earnings to the Children’s Health Foundation. It hopes this year’s fashion show raises roughly $15,000. If it reaches its cumulative goal of raising $50,000 this year, the education room of the Pediatrics Critical Care Unit at the Children’s Hospital will be named in its honour.

The fashion show isn’t CAISA’s only fundraising event; it also has volunteer teams raising funds for other charities and events like Hutton House and the Gulu Walk.

“Two of our biggest achievements in the last year include organizing a week-long campaign for, a breast cancer memorial benefit, and raising funds for Cole Petrie, a young boy diagnosed with a rare form of cancer,” Louie says.

The CAISA fashion show takes place tomorrow at Centennial Hall. Tickets are available at the CAISA booth in the University Community Centre atrium or at

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