Virginia College to host “Runway to Success” fashion show May 26

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Celebrity fashion designers from Project Runway will join Virginia College to host a fashion show benefiting local nonprofit



Virginia College in Shreveport/Bossier City will host “Runway to Success” Fashion Show Thursday, May 26 at 7 p.m., with event proceeds benefiting Dress for Success Shreveport-Bossier, a local non-profit offering long-lasting solutions that enable women to break the poverty cycle.

The fashion show will feature designs from “Project Runway” designers Richard Hallmarq and Samantha “Sammy B” Black, who will also coach students of Virginia College’s Cosmetology program in all aspects of executing a fashion show.

The fashion show will be held at the Virginia College Pierre-Bossier Mall entrance located at 2950 E. Texas St., Suite C. Cost of admission is $25 for premier seating, $10 for general admission and $5 with presentation of student ID. Tickets can be purchased online (https://www.eventbrite.com/e/virginia-colleges-runway-to-success-fashion-week-tickets-24962082260?aff=eac2). Guests can enter from the mall or from the entrance of Virginia College on the back side of the mall. Parking is available on either side of the mall.

From set design, models, make-up, hair, to front end, event marketing, ticket sales and overall production, students will gain real-world experience in the many facets of the fashion industry. “Runway to Success” will provide Virginia College Cosmetology students with a real-life event and real life-outcomes that the community can enjoy while also providing impressive portfolio materials for the students as they move into jobs in the fashion and cosmetology industries.

The fashion show models are graduates of Dress for Success’ Women of the Workforce Program (W.O.W.). W.O.W. is a 12-week program that provides comprehensive and lifelong learning opportunities for women in the community leading to employment and helps job seekers improve their skill-sets and training credentials with instruction led or self-paced, online courses so that the members may re-enter the workforce as “qualified” employees. Dillard’s will provide looks for the Dress for Success W.O.W. Program graduates, and Chante Hood, owner and founder of CH Models, will provide additional models. The Christian Dance Center’s dance team will also be on hand to perform before and during the fashion show, and Young Nisa and DJ Rosco from The Big Station 99.7 will serve as emcees for the event.

“We are excited to host our ‘Runway to Success’ Fashion Show here at Virginia College, as well as host Project Runway’s Richard Hallmarq and Samantha Black at our campus,” says Campus President Melody Rider. “It gives area residents the opportunity to learn more about Virginia College and the programs we offer while enjoying family-friendly activities and learning from two fashion moguls.”

Hallmarq and Black will also host a trunk show directly after the “Dress to Success” Fashion Show as well as an additional trunk show off-site on Friday, May 27 at 6 p.m. at LBD By Design located at 3950 Youree Drive. The designers will meet and greet with guests during both shows.

All proceeds from the Runway to Success events will be donated to Dress for Success, an 5019(c)(3) organization that empowers women to achieve economic independence. The international non-profit offers long-last solutions to break the cycle of poverty such as providing network of support, professional attire and the development tools to help women thrive in work and in life. Their valuable programs furnish women with confidence and the knowledge that she can actively define her life.

IF YOU GO:

WHAT:    Virginia College’s “Runway to Success” Fashion Week
WHEN:    Thursday, May 26, 2016 at 7 p.m.
WHERE:    Virginia College – 2950 E. Texas St., Suite C, Bossier City, LA 71111 (Inside Pierre Bossier Mall)
COST:    $5, $10 or $25 per ticket – purchase tickets online (https://www.eventbrite.com/e/virginia-colleges-runway-to-success-fashion-week-tickets-24962082260?aff=eac2)

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