Wearing Goodwill On Your Sleeve

Goodwill will ride high on the recycling trend with tonight’s Good Exchange Fashion Show and Clothing Swap. And the organization has one of Denver’s biggest fashion celebrities, local Project Runway star Mondo Guerra, as the feather in its cap.

“We’re trying to get the word out about the whole lifestyle of swapping clothes,” says Goodwill spokeswoman Vanessa Clark. “And we were lucky enough to be able to lure Mondo into sharing his name with the event. He’s such a great ambassador and so enthusiastic about the Goodwill, since he started out when he was very young repurposing stuff he got from the Goodwill store.”

Mondo’s humanitarian persona also suits the event’s goal of showcasing an aspect of the Goodwill that not everyone knows about: its student programs in local schools. To that end, Clark notes, the fashion-show portion of the evening will feature repurposed designs using Goodwill clothing created by fifteen or more students from Denver School of the Arts and other design-oriented programs in the public-school system. A repurposed item by Mondo will also be auctioned off.

And then there’s the “swap” part: Attendees are requested to bring ten or more used clothing items to swap; while student designs grace the runway, volunteers will be hard at work hanging the clothes on racks to share. The swap will also include fashion and beauty vendors, door prizes, cocktails and hors d’oeuvre.

It all goes down from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Infinity Park Event Center, 4400 East Kentucky Avenue in Glendale; tickets are $10 in advance or $15 at the door. Visit www.goodwilldenver.org/exchange for details.
Thu., Feb. 10, 5:30-8:30 p.m., 2011

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