For the fifth year in a row, the fashion department of GRCC has teamed up with Salvation Army to showcase outfits, fashioned by students, to help raise money for the Salvation Army’s rehabilitation center located at 1491 S. Division.
This years theme being “Spring into Salvation” the fashion show production class of GRCC put together outfits that really spoke of spring. From purples and pinks to greens and yellows the girls rocked the runway.
The class was responsible for the entire show from the outfits and appearance of the models to the runway design. They were responsible for all the marketing of the show as well.
Although admission was free, Ann Whitman, the emcee for the night and the president of the fashion and design club encouraged everyone to stay after and shop through the selections.
Each outfit was designed from the selections available at the Salvation Army.
From the clothes all the way down to the shoes and accessories, everything was made available for purchase after the show with the proceeds going to benefit the
For every $10 spent or every ten items donated, your name was entered into a drawing to win prizes at the end of the night.
According to Major Cecilia Semn, who runs this Salvation Army along with her husband, the Salvation Army’s rehabilitation center helps men and women who are struggling with alcohol and drug abuse get their lives back together.
Some residents of the rehabilitation center helped with the show by serving refreshments and also a few of the men walked the runway.
Lasting just under a half an hour, the fashion show covered all the basics from fun everyday outfits, to elegant evening wear, to a wedding dress.
With only ten students in the class, they managed to put together the
entire fashion show in just six weeks, since the start of the winter semester.
According to Marianne Bockheim, adjunct professor in the Fashion and Interiors Department and teacher to the class, each student picked their own models and worked together to design the outfits.
For most students this was their first fashion show, so Bockheim recommended that the students network and use people they know to help with the show.
As a result the lighting and videotaping was done by friends and relatives of the students.
Donations for the show came from Brann’s Catering for the food, Cheeky Strut Salon for hair and Mary Vredevoogd for makeup.