This is the second year in a row I’ve been invited to attend the local Triad Goodwill Rock the Runway fashion show. If you’ve never heard of it, it’s an annual fundraising fashion show held in downtown Greensboro, N.C., where 7 area designers create 10 recrafted signature creations from Goodwill budget of $200.00 each. This is a friendly fashion competition where the public, attendees and judges decide on the overall winner and proceeds go to help put people in our community back to work. There is not only a fashion show, but a silent auction, food and shopping before the festivities begin.
I wanted to share some of my inspiration that I took away from this year’s show. Why? Well, each designer offered up something that I intend to incorporate into my DIY projects this year. They make me want to be fearless in my refashion projects and I hope each of them know how grateful I am for their passion!
Designer – Uvana Doran won with her Harlem Renaissance/ Harlem Nights inspired and sophisticated line. Just wow. I can’t wait to see her first line which is scheduled to debut in the Spring of 2015.
A quote from Uvana’s website that stuck with me today as I poured over all of the photographs:
“You can only become truly accomplished at something you love. Don’t make money your goal. Instead, pursue the things you love doing, and then do them so well that people can’t take their eyes off of you.”
I hope you enjoy the gallery of iPhone photographs I took over the course of the evening. Some are blurry, some are poorly lit – but every one I hope shows you the tremendous amount of hard work and dedication it took from sponsors, volunteers, organizers and designers to make it all happen.
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Triad Goodwill operates 22 retail stores, five community resource centers and two career centers to serve Alamance, Caswell, Guilford, Randolph and Rockingham counties in North Carolina. They accept gently used, donated items, resell those items in the 22 retail stores and use the revenue to provide job training in their centers including computer training, career counseling, job search assistance and many other services.
Please take the time to discover more about Goodwill Industries of Central North Carolina and if you still think that your donation won’t make a difference, take a few minutes and get to know your true impact on our community.
UPDATE: Please learn more about the designs made from recycled newsprint in this News and Record feature: They made these outfits from newsprint?