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'Couture for a Cause' brings food, fun and crazy fashion to Raleigh

Posted November 1
Updated November 2

The fashion show and silent auction, Couture for a Cause, was presented by ActivateGood.org at Marbles Museum in Raleigh on Saturday, November 15, 2014. Photo by Chris Adamczyk.

— Nestled right in the middle of the four-day A Shopping SPREE! at the Raleigh Convention Center is Couture for a Cause, a special event that celebrates funky fashion while giving back to the community.

The event, held Saturday evening, is hosted by Activate Good, an organization that encourages volunteers to help charitable causes in the area. Hors d'oeuvres, a cash bar, a red carpet photo shoot and entertainment lead up to the main attraction - a runway fashion show featuring looks created by local designers and inspired by 20 area nonprofits. At the end of the show, the designers whose outfits best represent the causes they are paired with win a prize.

"Couture for a Cause is a one-of-a-kind mix of fashion, philanthropy and fun," said Kaitlin Throgmorton, a volunteer with Activate Good. "It's a night to get dressed up and take in the glamor and glitz of our runway and red carpet - all while doing good with style!"

I talked with Throgmorton to learn more about what first-timers can expect from the event.

Q: What's the best thing about Couture for a Cause?

A: It's got to be the runway looks! We'll see some really creative pieces, such as a top made from a shovel, a skirt made from shoelaces, a headpiece made from a vinyl record, a dress made from sheet music and a model with a full set of wings - the list goes on!

Couture for a Cause

Q: How is the fashion show organized behind the scenes?

A: There's no set style or theme, but designers create two looks - one ready-to-wear and one couture - that reflect the missions of their chosen nonprofit. This usually happens through designer/nonprofit meetings and conversations and often results in exclusive, inventive looks.

Q: Do all ticket sales benefit local charities?

A: Yes, 100 percent of the proceeds from Couture for a Cause benefit Activate Good, whose mission is to provide support to 365 nonprofits in the Triangle area.

Q: How would you describe the evening for first-timers?

Doors open at 6:30 with a cocktail hour. At that time, the VIP Lounge will be available for VIP guests with chair massages, chocolate-covered strawberries, a private bar, swag bags and more. All guests can browse vendors at A Shopping SPREE! while they wait for the show to start. We'll kick off the runway show with an acrobatic performance, and we'll close out by honoring our Trendsetters, who are about a dozen individuals who inspire others to volunteer and who have raised money for Activate Good through crowd funding.

VIP and general admission tickets for Couture for a Cause can be purchased online.

All guests who buy tickets will be able to enjoy SPREE! vendors during the event and receive a free pass to shop again on Sunday.

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