November 25, 2015

Fashion Merchandising students team up with support service for annual fashion show

(London, Ontario) – On Tuesday, November 24, the diligent work of Fashion Merchandising students at Fanshawe College paid off as they presented their annual 'Revamped' gala fashion show in partnership with My Sisters' Place.

'Liberty Blooms' showcased the students' creativity while raising money and awareness for the local women's shelter. Garments donated by Goodwill Industries were cut, ripped, sewn, redesigned and transformed into new, fashionable pieces by first-year students while second-year students oversee event marketing, stage design, model management and more.

"This show gave the students an opportunity to work with community partners to show their social awareness by helping women in need," professor Wendy Sperry commented. "The students showcased their talents as well as raised money for a worthwhile cause. Everyone benefits from this learning experience of collaboration and goodwill."

Jewellery from the Micro-Enterprise Program at My Sisters' Place was on display and for sale at the show. The Micro-Enterprise Program helps to rehabilitate women back into society by teaching basic principles of business and marketing through the creation and sale of original jewellery and fashion accessories. These skills can lead to employment or entrepreneurial opportunities, affording these women a new start.

Susan Macphail, a representative of My Sisters' Place, stated, "This event can best be described by one word: community. For the past nine years, everyone involved in this event's planning and execution has brought their hearts to the table and the end result is an amazing runway production fit for major fashion runways. We are so thankful for this ongoing partnership with Fanshawe and Goodwill Industries and their commitment to support the Micro-Enterprise Program at My Sisters' Place."

Approximately three hundred guests attended the fashion show, held at the Goodwill Building, 255 Horton Street. This year's theme, 'Liberty Blooms,' symbolized freedom and beauty in fashion.

About My Sisters' Place

My Sisters' Place is a local women's shelter located in downtown London; a community of diverse women supporting each other through experiences with addictions, mental health issues and homelessness. The shelter provides access to necessities – such as showers, phone, laundry, internet and healthy food – and has implemented a program to help improve the health of women who visit, reducing preventable deaths. My Sisters' Place encourages women to find safe, affordable housing and provides programs and activities for women with mental health challenges.