Fashion on Display

The room where the Fashion on Display show will take place.

Greenville Museum of Art will host its second Fashion on Display fashion show featuring locally owned boutiques and stores tonight at 6 p.m.

Trista Reis Porter, executive director of the Greenville Museum of Art, said the event is a fashion show fundraiser that will display looks all for women with a focus primarily on fall looks. The fundraisers hosted by the museum helps to keep the doors free and open to the public.

“It’s all Greenville designers, there’s basically eight different vendors, and this year, we’ve got some of the clothing vendors are pairing up with jewelry vendors as well,” Porter said. “It’s kind of an opportunity not only to raise money for the museum, but also to showcase different boutiques and clothing vendors from the local community.”

Each vendor provides their own models and looks, and are allowed to display either four individual looks, or two different looks with up to four models. Models are chosen by the vendors, with specific looks and styles in mind, according to Porter.

Vendors range from casual, or off-the-rack fashion to more designer consignment shops to formal boutiques. The majority of the vendors offer a more casual look, but there will also be some more formal looks as well.

“I just think it’s a really unique thing, and it’s kind of a unique way to celebrate the art of fashion,” Porter said. “Not only is it in the museum where there’s art on the wall, but I think it really draws attention to different types of art forms, one of which would be fashion.”

Lauren Dishman, owner of Monkee’s of Greenville, will bring her store back for their second year with Fashion on Display. Dishman said they hope to display to the audience that they are a local store that caters to all ages.

“I think, just in general, last year it was nice, there’s not a lot of fashion shows in this area, so it was nice to have one and to have other stores participate, and it’s just a fun event,” Dishman said.

Monkee’s hopes to see new faces and designs provided by vendors that weren’t there last year. Employees of Monkee’s will step in as their four models, and will showcase their store’s own unique looks. The four models will wear different looks that show off looks for all occasions, according to Dishman.

Josie Harz, owner of Serendipity Consignment Boutique, sells high-end, better boutique consignment fitted for the current season, and they buy jewelry for all occasions to sell in their store. Serendipity is returning for their second year as well, and is teaming up with Stella and Dot Jewelry to enhance their pieces.

“We weren’t sure what to expect,” Harz said. “It ended up being a lot of fun, had great community involvement, and it’s just fun to get out and see what other boutiques are doing, what other local vendors are doing, so the highlight was just seeing everybody and trading trends.”

Harz advocates for community involvement while also promoting people to support local businesses. She is excited to see the trendy and unique styles from each store in a fun environment such as a fashion walk, according to Harz.

General admission tickets for the event are $30 and includes refreshments and snacks. VIP passes are currently sold out, but those interested can be placed on a wait list. Tickets can be found and purchased on the Greenville Museum of Art website.

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