[SCMP Archive] Fashionable show of support
[First published on April 16, 2004] Hong Kong International School (HKIS) students will stage their annual charity fashion show tomorrow at 7pm in a bid to fulfil their aim of "youth helping youth".
Organised by the school's Interact Club, the Walkoff 2004! show will be raising funds for Youth Outreach, a local organisation which helps young people who are in need.
"The theme for this year's show comes from different inspirations," said event organiser Elizabeth Liang, a Grade 12 student at HKIS.
"As young people, we want to help other youngsters. We want to make their lives better.
"The show's name is also fitting because it refers back to lost youth, who often need somewhere to escape or run away to."
The school has always encouraged students to take part in public services and give back to community.
More than 70 students are involved in the show as models, choreographers, backstage production and even sponsorship managers.
"We started this project five months ago and everybody has been busy since then," Elizabeth added.
The clothes will feature collections by established designer brands, as well as original designs by HKIS students.
"There will be 10 outfits made by our schoolmates, most of them are from Grades 9 to 11. We didn't impose too many restrictions.
"They can use any materials they want but there should be a city and urban feel to the design," Elizabeth said.
With the support from the families of students and various companies, the show has already raised $257,000 not including ticket sales.
"Our original target was $200,000 but we're doing a lot better now," Elizabeth said.
"The show will be held at our high school gymnasium in Tai Tam. We hope to sell all 300 VIP tickets [priced at $250 and includes priority seating, refreshments and gift coupons] and 800 regular ones [$100]."
Fashion brands that have loaned clothes to the show include Guess, Miss Sixty, Energie, Polo, Nautica, G2000, BCBG, Levi's, Shanghai Tang, Morgan, Spy, X Game, Gap, Banana Republic, Old Navy and others.
"Some of our sponsors will help us with the makeup and hairdo. It is going to be as professional as it can be," Elizabeth added.
Tickets are being sold within HKIS and will be available at the gate. For details, call Zella Talbot at 3149 7789 or email: email@example.com.