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The Fashion Project Spring Show ready to soar

Local fashion has never looked so good. The Fashion Project Spring Show, the Agora Borealis’ newest collaboration with the Louisiana Prize Fest, will be held at 6:45 p.m. on May 31 at the Horseshoe Casino’s Dare Day Club + Pool.

“Our mission is to bring economic growth and more awareness of sustainable practices to our local region through the creation and exhibition of art and fashion,” Katy Larsen, host/creator for the Fashion Project, said.

That’s the heart of Agora Borealis, a local art gallery, and beyond that believes it is their responsibility to stimulate the local economy by bringing the area local art and hiring local contractors and vendors for business needs.

The Fashion Project Spring Show will be no exception. “Local artists, designers and models will be given the opportunity to explore the entire creative process within a community of like-minded individuals,” Larsen said. “Over the past several months, participants have been busy producing a collection of works from initial design to final runway with the help of a series of workshops, critiques and peer support.”

Each designer will showcase their final collection during the Fashion Project Spring Show. A panel of judges will choose the top three designers, while a fourth designer will win the People’s Choice Award to move on to compete in the first official Fashion Prize in October.

Larsen can’t wait for the big night. “I’m looking forward to watching Shreveport/ Bossier’s art community expand into the fashion world through all of our collaborations here at the Agora Borealis,” Larsen said. “I love seeing huge events bring such a diverse crowd together in the pursuit of changing the energy in an entertaining and positive way. I want the Fashion Project to bring strength and stability through the arts to our northwest region of Louisiana.”

Such an endeavor has many turning parts, and one crucial one is Britt Elizabeth Photography. “Britt has played a monumental role in the success of our Fashion Project, bringing it focus and movement through her photography. The story couldn’t be told without her hard work and natural born talent,” Larsen said.

“Guests can purchase tickets and experience the show in person every spring and show up to the Fashion Prize coming in October,” Larsen said. “Also, sponsors can collaborate with us throughout the year by partnering with our FashEx team to be seen and heard in our arts community.”

That’s not all. This will be a repeat event! “Designers can sign up in the fall for the spring Fashion Project, as this is an ongoing collaboration with the Prize Foundation,” Larsen said.

There will be three judges coming in from all around the United States to name winners. “The overall winner will receive a trip to New York to visit a practicing fashion artist in their studio, with all accommodations taken care of!” Larsen said.

Several entertainers will take part in the collaboration as well, including but not limited to Dawne Hester, Nate Treme, Skillzplus and Andrew Kirschman, along with eight designers: Sherri Winseman, James Osborne, Donna Strebeck, Cookie Dubois, Brittani Shabazz, Ryan Williams, Leah Golden and Whitney Warren.

Doors to the Fashion Project open at 6 p.m., and the show begins at 6:45 p.m. A limited supply of VIP tickets are currently available for $80. Each VIP ticket includes a specialty designed swag bag (over $100 value), wait staff available throughout the event, free valet, and first-come, first-served outdoor VIP seating. General admission costs $30 and includes free valet and first-come, first-served outdoor seating. Admission to the Fashion Show gives attendees access to the outdoor market, cash bars and an ATM. Fashionable, weatherconscious attire is recommended.

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