Dress for Success Cincinnati’s 20th Anniversary Fashion Show is just around the corner, with models set to hit the runway Sept. 12 at JACK Cincinnati Casino. Here’s a peek behind the scenes at what it takes to bring everything together.
Creating the Look
First, Dress for Success works with designers at Landor to create a look for the Fashion Show materials. Each year, designers create so many design options that it’s difficult to pick just one. This year the Dress for Success Cincinnati committee co-chairs loved the “A Layered History” concept.
Give Them Their Roses
Based on Landor’s design concept and colors, the team at Petri’s Floral & Boutique creates a stunning centerpiece. As a bonus, the centerpieces will be up for sale at this year’s Fashion Show.
Volunteers Make a Difference
Dress for Success then works with volunteers on everything from stuffing invitations to setting up on event day. Once the envelopes are stuffed, they’re mailed out by the team at Arnold Printing.
Ready for Your Close-Up?
Sure to be one of the most inspiring parts of this year’s show is a video following one of Dress for Success Cincinnati’s first clients, who was initially suited 20 years ago. The organization worked with the team at Drive Media House to tell DeAnna Hoskins’ story of rehabilitation and how Dress for Success helped propel her from inmate to CEO. A real tear-jerker, the video captures an interview with the judge who sentenced Hoskins and the volunteer who first suited her—so be sure to bring your tissues!
One of the best parts of planning the Fashion Show? Deciding on the menu. The chefs at JACK Cincinnati Casino prepared several dishes and desserts to try, which are then pared down by event organizers to an incredibly tasty selection.
Eyes on the Prizes
And there will be prizes. Fashion Show committee members collect prizes from donors, including a Western & Southern Open package from the tennis tournament’s presenting sponsor, a gold and diamond bracelet from Richer & Phillips, and an overnight couples package from the 21c Musem Hotel Cincinnati. There are more than 20 raffle packages this year (follow @dfscincy on social media to see what’s up for grabs).
Our Clients Are All VIPs
Before the show, each model gets the full VIP treatment, complete with an outfit from Portaluca, a coat from Donna Salyers’ Fabulous Furs, and hair and makeup by the team at AV Beauty Bar. They’re runway ready by the time they hit the stage to share their stories.
Style Is a Must
For the local fashion lovers, Saks Fifth Avenue prepares the best of its fall collections for a high-end fashion show.
This year, several special guests will be in attendance to celebrate our 20th Anniversary, including Dress for Success Worldwide CEO Joi Gordon and Miss USA 2019 Cheslie Kryst. September 12 will be here before you know it, so head to dfscincy.org to get your tickets today.