[First published on May 22, 2000] Operation Smile is a global, nonprofit organisation which provides reconstructive facial surgery to infants and children born with glaring facial defects in developing countries where the child mortality rate is high and the standard of living is low. The organisation brings hope and a brighter future to these children and their families. Six students at HKIS organised a charity fashion show to give students a chance to tap their creativity while raising money for a good cause. Alan Kwan, 17, chief organiser of the show, commended his fellow students for their efforts. The students did a great job on the catwalk although they did not have any experience in modelling. Tickets cost $100 each. "It is extremely difficult to get them together to rehearse. But I know they worked very hard on this, even though they were so busy all the time," he said. Preparation work started last October. The six students were busy looking for models and asking boutiques to sponsor the clothes. More than 20 brands provided over 200 items of clothing for the show. "Many famous brands such as Chevignon, MEXX, Guess and Shanghai Tang gave us their support," said clothes organiser Salome Ho, 17. The Grade 11 student said it was fun matching the clothes with different make-up and lighting. Stephanie Wang, 17, was one of the models. The Grade 11 student said in addition to having a tall, slim figure, it was important for models to have team spirit and be punctual. "I enjoyed walking on the stage but had problems when turning around. I practised a lot in order to appear natural and at ease," she said. Stephanie's classmate, Patrick Allen, 16, has a strong passion for clothes. "I love different types of clothes, whether it is casual, formal, tight or loose . . . but the suit is my favourite. It gives me confidence," he said. He said organising a basketball match was another option to raise funds for charity.