A wonderful night, putting my art to a good cause.
A few weeks after my first-ever fashion show (Rhode Island Fashion Week), I was unexpectedly invited to participate in another one! I enjoyed this one even more, as it was a charity event and felt very meaningful to be a part of. It was organized by the RealPro Foundation in support of Hope Health: Camp BraveHeart. I'll share a little bit about them, and then about the show itself!
Me (in the green pants up front), with my models + the collection I showed.
The RealPro Foundation is a charity organization "founded on the ideals that with prosperity comes a certain sense of commitment and responsibility to give back." They are a group of Rhode Island real estate professionals who formed the non-profit as a means to stay true to that philosophy.
Their mission "is to support local artists, provide cultural and ethnic awareness, assist local non-profit organizations with their fundraising efforts, and promote homeownership thorough educational programs and neighborhood rehabilitation efforts in order to provide affordable housing." Some local charities they have helped fundraise for so far include those involved in the arts, cancer research, violence prevention, care for victims of domestic violence, and special needs children.
This event was organized to support HopeHealth's Camp BraveHeart, a summer grief support camp offering "kids ages 4-17 the opportunity to express their grief and find hope and healing in a safe, supportive space."
The show itself was a wonderful experience. It was hosted at the RealPro offices in the very cute heart of Pawtuxet Village in Cranston, RI. I loved that the "runway" was a loop through the main office space, with plenty of places for the models to stop and pose in front of attendees. The crowd and the MC had great energy, which made for a fun night! Here are all my featured pieces, in the order that I chose to present them:
Row 1: Jungle Leaves dress worn by Marline Valcimond, Rainbow tie worn by Matthew Hardies, Desert Landscape infinity scarf worn by Jasmine Ferreira, Love & Peace jacket
Row 2: Meadow tie worn by Deborah Taute, Eels jacket worn by Julio Maisonet, Wisteria scarf worn by Neysha Rivera
Row 3: Oyster & Pearl tie, La Vie En Rose jacket worn by Maribel Cintron, Feather dress worn by Melissa Mangili
I was one of four participating designers, and our collections complemented each other really well! The show was themed around sustainable fashion. After my hand-painted pieces, we saw accessories in bold African prints (Barkisu Designs), curated vintage items (Astral Plains Vintage), and glitzy, retro-inspired statement outfits (Everett Hoag).
I'm excited to see what the rest of this year brings. Thanks for being here and following along on the journey!
The Studio Assistant holds out hope for being invited to attend one of these fashion shows some day...
Until next time,