Fashion show to benefit Safe Haven of Statesboro

Lindsey McCormick

Students plan to show off Madame Couture’s Consignment and Fashion Exchange apparel as they walk in the Fashion for Compassion fashion show during February’s First Friday event in downtown Statesboro.

The show is free to the public and it will take place at the Averitt Center of the Arts at 5:30 p.m. The Fashion for Compassion fashion show features clothes from both of Madame Couture’s stores, which are Madame Couture’s Consignment Boutique and Madame Couture’s Fashion Exchange.

Although the fashion show features clothing from the consignment boutique, Fashion for Compassion is celebrating the opening of the new store, Madame Couture’s Fashion Exchange. This store is a buy, sell and trade boutique similar to Plato’s Closet.

The purpose of the fashion show is to present students with the idea that they can wear designer attire for a fraction of the price, Maria Proctor, storeowner, said.

“It is definitely my more trendy, cutting edge, fashion forward store out of the two. It’s mostly for teens, tweens, young adults and men,” Proctor said.

Fashion for Compassion is not only introducing the Fashion Exchange, but it is helping the people of Statesboro. All proceeds of the fashion show will go to the Safe Haven.

“At the fashion show we are collecting paper goods such as toilet paper, napkins and paper towels for the shelter,” Proctor said.

The original store, Madame Couture’s Consignment Boutique, has been open for the past eight months. This store allows students to donate their clothing for consignment. When the item that has been donated sells, students receive half of what was paid for the item.

The Boutique gets clothes from popular brands like Miss Me jeans, True Religion, Lucky Brand and Ralph Lauren, Proctor said.

Students can bring their gently used clothing to the Fashion Exchange to be sold or traded for something similar in price. Students can visit the store to shop around as well, said Proctor.

Students will be walking the runway for the show including girls from various sororities. Alison Gould, senior fashion apparel and design major, has been helping prepare for the event by doing model castings.

“We aren’t looking for a specific body type or height or anything. We are looking for someone with really good confidence and someone who will have a good time doing the show, not your typical model,” Gould said.

The deadline to register is Jan. 29, and students can contact the store for more information about modeling in the Fashion for Compassion show at [email protected]