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The 17th annual Retrofittings fashion show in partnership with St. Vincent de Paul will take place on October 17th at Cincinnati Music Hall at 6 PM. 21 junior students were provided $50 each to spend at seven of St. Vincent de Paul’s thrift stores in Cincinnati. At the Retrofitting show on the 17th, the outfits DAAP fashion students created with that $50 will be modeled on the catwalk. In addition to the fashion show, there will be an onsite boutique with designer bags, shoes, and coats that all came from St. Vincent de Paul thrift stores. A silent auction, a live auction, and a raffle will also be featured to support SVDP’s mission of compassionately caring for those in need in the Cincinnati area. Tickets can be purchased on the Retrofittings website (see 'story' portion of this article for the link). / Image: Catherine Viox // Published: 10.10.19
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Students Are Given $50 to Create Fashionable Outfits Using Thrift Shop Finds for Charity

Reduce, reuse, recycle. So many of us are trying to be minimalists by getting rid of what we don’t need, and only buying things that we really need or can get second-hand.

Have you ever seen anyone take items they’ve purchased at a thrift store and turn them into a capsule wardrobe, though?

That’s what DAAP fashion students in Jenifer Sult’s junior fashion design class are doing for the 17th annual Retrofittings fashion show in partnership with St. Vincent de Paul. The show and fundraiser will be held on October 17th at Cincinnati Music Hall at 6 PM.

21 junior students were provided $50 each to spend at seven of St. Vincent de Paul’s thrift stores in Cincinnati. In their class on Tuesdays and Thursdays, they construct a capsule wardrobe with those items, as well as a look to honor the 150th anniversary of St. Vincent de Paul in Cincinnati.

“The class helps emphasize the importance of sustainable fashion,” says Renee Berlon, Stewardship and Events Manager at the Society of St. Vincent de Paul. “Paul Mitchell The School Cincinnati provides hair and makeup so the students get the experience of working with an entire team. Not only do they have an opportunity to boost their portfolios, it’s a unique way to highlight St. Vincent de Paul’s thrift stores while helping our neighbors in need. You won’t find many partnerships like this in the region.”

In addition to the show where St. Vincent de Paul (SVDP) supporters, DAAP students, the designers’ families, and the public can cheer them on, Retrofittings will have plenty of other fashion-related offerings. There will be an onsite boutique with designer bags, shoes, and coats that all came from St. Vincent de Paul thrift stores. A silent auction, a live auction, and a raffle will also be featured to support SVDP’s mission of compassionately caring for those in need in the Cincinnati area. Last year, the event raised $190,000 in unrestricted funds for SVDP. All proceeds from the event support the many programs of SVDP, helping our neighbors in need.

Hungry or thirsty? You’re covered. Funky’s Catering is providing their famous loaded tater tot bar and slider bar, and a cash or ticket bar is also provided. While you’re eating, enjoy the sounds of dj pillo during the event and catwalk show.

Tickets are available on the RetroFittings website. VIP tickets are $100, which includes three drink tickets and priority seating, general admission is $60, which includes two drink tickets, young professional tickets are $40, which includes one drink ticket, and a UC DAAP student ticket is $25 (with UC DAAP student ID).

Can’t make the event? SVDP is always taking donations. You can find what they take (including household goods, clothing, and even cars), where to donate, and you can also schedule a pickup on their website.

This event is presented by Protective Life Insurance Company and is generously supported by the Hatton Foundation, Evelo Singer Sutton Group, Niehaus Law Office, the Christ Hospital Health Network, the Catino Family Foundation, the Mueller Family Fund, and other generous sponsors.

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