DCMA Fashion Show at Van Go

I used to work in the fashion industry while living in New York, so upon hearing that there would be a fashion show here, in Lawrence, I was eager to know the details. This past Thursday, September 6th, was the 7th Annual Douglas County Medical Alliance (DCMA) Fashion Benefit, held at Van Go, Inc. All proceeds benefited Van Go* and Health Care Access**.

My gal pal and I arrived at Van Go at 5:30pm, to enjoy drinks and shopping before the show started officially at 6pm. The place was buzzing with excitement and curiosity. Tickets to the event were $30, which we purchased at the door, and while this is no small amount, it was definitely well spent if you ask me. With the purchase of your ticket, you could enjoy wine and hors d’oeuvres before the show and also receive a 20% discount at various downtown retailers and restaurants through September 9th. Don’t mind if I do!

This gal's got the right idea.

The ceiling decorations were perfectly festive.

Before the show began, we had time to pick up a glass of wine and take a stroll through Van Go’s gallery. On this special evening, there were seven local vendors set up to sell their goodies: jewelry (by Jenny Brown; Julie Neal; and Leah Terranova), garden decor & farmer’s market items (by Pendletons), nail art (by Designs by Dakota), make-up (by Motives), and original Van Go art. It was great to see not only so many people supporting this event (the place was packed!), but also, so many local vendors out for a good cause as well. At 6pm, we quickly snatched our seats and got settled before the show began.

Lights, camera, action!

Giiiiiiiirl, shake that catwalk.

While the models (all medical professionals, woot woot) worked the runway, the MC narrated the details of their attire and retail provider. In total, there were approximately 26 looks sported throughout the show, representing 13 different downtown stores, which included: Eccentricity, Foxtrot, Fortuity, ATC, Nomads, Britches, Spectators, Garry Gribble’s Running Sports, Hobbs, Jock’s Nitch, Starstruck Clothing, Sunflower Outdoor & Bike Shop, and Weavers. From the KU-proud sporty looks, to the fall fur jackets, it was totally fun and mouth-wateringly fashionable.

The show ended well before 7pm, and I was quietly wishing it could happen all over again, just for the fun of it. The models, organizers, and crowd were all so supportive and made it more than just a show – they made it a thrilling experience for all. I look forward to returning for the event next year.

*Van Go Mission: To improve the lives of high-needs youth using art as the vehicle for self-expression, self-confidence, and hope for the future.

**Health Care Access Mission: To help facilitate access to health services for Douglas County residents with limited financial means who are not covered by private or governmental insurance programs.

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