Vogue delves into Art Deco

Long-running Queen’s charity event preps for spring show

Vogue includes fashion, dance and modeling.
Vogue includes fashion, dance and modeling.

In its 17th year, the Vogue Charity Fashion Show (VCFS) takes the stage for a study in the Art Deco lifestyle for their spring student showcase.

At the annual event, Queen’s students from all faculties show off their talents — as dancers, models, fashion designers and graphic designers — to raise money for local charities.

“It’s a cultural show ... We’ve got just about every sort of artistic aspect that Queen’s can provide,” VCFS Co-President Joey McCullough, ArtSci ’14, said.

“The show really gets to encompass so many different types of individuals,” fellow Co-President Grace Mustard, ArtSci ’14, said. “So we’re trying to introduce new aspects to make it a show where you’re really looking at every single different aspect in the arts world.” In the past seven years, VCFS has donated more than $200,000 to Kingston charities. This year, they are fundraising for Community Living Kingston which helps people with physical and mental disabilities feel included in the Kingston community.

“Last year they raised over $40,000 and in past years it’s been around $30,000. Our goal this year was set at $25,000 but we’re hoping for more,” McCullough said.

But VCFS doesn’t simply fundraise and donate like other charities.

“Right now we have our head of charity and one of our choreographers teaching three people [who are] a part of the charity our all-cast dance … we get to really involve the charity [in the show] and merge the two so they’re one,” Mustard said.

Art Deco is this year’s theme and was inspired by the VCFS presidents’ love of that time period.

“We did something different by having an umbrella theme and under that we have six categories: Architecture, Fashion, Art, The American Dream, The Great Depression and The High Life,” Mustard said. “We have a designer for each one of the six and it all is encompassed within this 20s, 30s Art Deco period.”

Notably, this year’s VCFS will have live music and fashion lines will not be restricted by season, as with high fashion, but will be more of a reflection of how the Art Deco period inspired the designers.

“It’s less about high-fashion fashion and more about wearable clothes, like something you’d see on the street. An Art Deco, student-designed Joe Fresh,” McCullough said.

Vogue Charity Fashion Show runs March 13-15 at the Grand Theatre.

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