Columbia designs will fill the runway in charity fashion show

Friday, April 1, 2005 | 12:00 a.m. CST; updated 2:18 p.m. CDT, Thursday, July 3, 2008

Ten fashion lines created by Columbia designers will be showcased at the first KCOU fashion show. Proceeds will benefit the Rainbow House of Columbia, an emergency shelter serving abused and neglected children as well as families in crisis. The show will be at 8 p.m. on Saturday at The Blue Note, 17 N. Ninth St.

“The show will be a great night of music and fashion,” said show coordinator Monica Jost.

The night will also include non-stop live music as well as the opportunity to win prizes through raffles, such as gift certificates to local restaurants and businesses and CDs.

The spotlight of the evening, however, will fall on the fashions created by a group of 10 local and diverse designers.

“Some are Mizzou students, some are graduates of Mizzou, and one is even still in high school,” Jost said. “There are both female and male designers as well.”

One of these designers is 25-year- old Sandra Keeney. Inspired by black and white films and Hollywood musicals, Sandra Keeney said she hopes her line, SK Designs, will somewhat resemble the costumes found in these productions.

“I love the grandeur and care of the costumes designs and hope to have a similar feel to my clothes,” Keeney said.

For the show, Keeney said she will present six different outfits. For her women’s wear designs, she is rouching the fabric — also known as gathering — in order to create a draping effect. For menswear, she is incorporating layers into the designs using shiny and satiny fabrics.

Even though Keeney has been sewing since she was a kid, she stopped for a while. She said she felt the need to pick up sewing again about four years ago. She has been designing and selling her products at Maude Vintage ever since.

Keeney said she decided to participate in the KCOU fashion show because of how rewarding the end result proves to be.

“I love the energy of the fashion shows,” she said. “It’s really rewarding after the hours of tedious, yet fun work.”

Another designer, Ava Corn, 21, agrees the fashion show has been challenging, yet enjoyable, work.

“I think it’s a real challenge,” she said. “But in the end, I’m so proud of what I have created, it is all worth it.”

Corn, who has been designing for five years, said she has always had a passion for designing and fabrics. After taking a sewing class in high school, she said she realized she could make any garment wearable if she dedicated enough of herself to her projects.

Corn’s main inspiration for her creations is comfort.

“I live my life in the most comfortable clothes I can find,” she said.

On Saturday, Corn will showcase five of her designs. She said her line incorporates bright colors with lots of tex-tures. She said she is eager to share her designs with other people.

“Putting my ideas out there is very exciting,” she said.

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