CAISA Fashion Show to bring class and luxury to London

Tuesday, April 7th, 2009

Sara Kim

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HERE’S TO ANOTHER DECADE OF LOOKING FABULOUS. Models Sara Kim, Ada Maciejewski and Shelby Teichroeb, among others, will take part in the 11th annual CAISA Fashion Show on March 21.

For over a decade, CAISA " the Canadian Asian International Students Association " has been hosting an annual fashion show for charity. This Saturday at Centennial Hall will mark the show’s 11th installment, showcasing both local and national designs, models and performances.

“We are the biggest charity fashion show on campus and we’re always looking for new ways to be innovative and step up our show every year,” says Michelle Mah, a third-year political science major and director of this year’s fashion show.

“Our goal is to bring something new to our audience each year while bringing awareness of our charitable causes.”

Ada Maciejewski

While CAISA’s past fashion shows have been known for its many hybrid dancer/model scenes, as well as high-profile performances by big name acts, this year’s show will see a shuffling of its basic concept, changing with the times to reinvent itself.

“Our models in the past have been both dancer and model ... but this year we have more models doing the runway and dancers doing the scenes,” Mah explains.

Every year, CAISA donates the show’s proceeds to the Children’s Health Foundation, which provides research and medical care for children. Additionally, this year they will be donating to the Romanian Project, which seeks to aid abandoned children in Romania.

“We decided it was a good year to sponsor another charity because we wanted to broaden our prospective,” says Charles Dieu, a first-year student at Ivey and CAISA president.

This year’s theme is LUXE " a play off the word “luxurious” " and it’s one that Mah promises to be both “stunning and creative.” The theme is centred on an upscale hotel setting, with plenty more designers and clothing pieces than previous shows.

Shelby Teichroeb

“Using a hotel theme helps both the creative and visual concepts that we wanted to incorporate this year. We have extravagantly designed gowns, sponsored lines from Toronto [retailer] Almost Naked such as Ed Hardy, DKNY, Betsey Johnson and Miss Sixty, and clothing from both Western and Fanshawe designers,” she says.

When asked about some spoilers and sneak peeks of the upcoming show, Mah isn’t quick to give away anything: “There’s a lot of good scenes here; we don’t want to let too much on before the show.”

With performances from Daniel Daley of Toronto, martial arts group Team Ryoku and Western Idol winner Andrea Nunez " as well as representatives from Sutherland Modeling Agency and Anita Norris Model Management Inc. providing contracts to the prospective student models " CAISA fashion show has nothing but the best to offer.

“We have a very diverse model cast, something we’ve prided ourselves every year " both culturally and talent-wise. We’ve entered a new decade, and after 10 years we wanted to keep it new and fresh. We know that [people] will enjoy the luxurious and classy show we have in store for [them],” Mah adds.

Tickets are available at Infosource for $20, or at the door for $25.

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