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February 08, 2012 - Goodwill teams up with Project Runway's Mondo for a Show

What: Goodwill Denver Fashion Show with Mondo

Where: Exdo Events Center

When: Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Time: 5:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Ticket Prices: GA $25 - VIP $50

Beneficiary: Goodwill Industries of Denver

Mistress of Ceremonies: Lisa Hidalgo, Denise Plante

Honoree(s): Mondo Guerra, Fallene Wells and Julie Tierney

Executive Director: Jesse Wolff

Models/Fashions: Denver School of the Arts and CEC Middle College in Denver


Board of Directors: Chair: Carrie Mesch; Vice Chair: W. Dean Salter; Treasurer: Michael Ebedes; Secretary: Jean Lawhead; Past Chair: Todd Munson; Honorary Board of Directors: Martin Pocs, Tim Welker, Greg Ball, Kelly Brough, Paul Demetter, C Dale Flowers, David Leonard, Scott Maierhofer, Brian Ondre, Dawn Taylor Owens, Jesse Wolff, Scott Worrell, Jennifer Wozniak, Clifford Young

Blacktie Photos by: Steven Shoppman

 Uriel Moreno ended up being the winner of the competition
Uriel Moreno ended up being the winner of the competition

As Denver continues to grow into a more and more exciting cultural hub in the United States, innovation here continues to increase as well.  On Wednesday night, Denver innovation was at its peak when Goodwill teamed up with Mondo Guerra to put on a fashion show at the Exdo events center.  Leading up to the event, Mondo worked with students from the Denver School of the Arts and CEC Middle College in Denver.  But that is what Mondo does for a living, design new fashions.  Especially after his success on Project Runway, what would make this event special to see another collection of clothing?

In the spirit of Goodwill’s thrift stores, Mondo helped the students design outfits using almost entirely repurposed clothing from the Goodwill stores around Denver.  What is even more unique about this feat is that without knowing that these clothes were made from old donations, it would be hard to tell that they were not built from the newest and hippest of fabrics.  Before the event the students worked with Mondo and a cameraman followed the progress. So to make the event even more exciting, before each outfit premiered on the runway, a short video showed the clothes being created.

In some cases the students appeared as their own models so they not only had a chance to design but also the opportunity to be in the spotlight on the runway. After showing each student’s work, a panel judged their final product.  The panel included Mondo, along with Fallene Wells and Julie Tierney, both Colorado Project Runway alumni.  The best part of this whole process, Mondo himself got his start in fashion by transforming clothing into his own designs from thrift stores when he graduated from Denver School of the Arts in 1996.  After the contest finished, a line of designs from Wells and Tierney were strutted down the runway and later auctioned off to raise even more money.

The event culminated with Uriel Moreno as the winner.  The look on his face was heartwarming, but each student seemed to be full of excitement whether in the winner’s circle or not.  Even after all of the excitement, the fun did not end.  Beyond the show, the main attraction is a clothing swap that happens each year.  Participants bring 10 items of clothing and swap them with other attendees.  On Wednesday, hundreds of eager swappers queued up in a line that crossed the entire events center for their chance to get in on the action.

Whether swapping or watching the show, the real excitement is yet to come.  Goodwill announced that they are opening a new boutique in Cherry Creek that will feature fashions like those at the event.  Many lightly-used high-end brands will be sold at the store for a fraction of retail cost.  Watch out Saks Fifth Avenue, Goodwill is creeping on your territory…and giving their proceeds back to the community.


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