This March an exciting new event is coming together after months of planning. Brainchild of designers Stephanie (Our Children’s Earth) and Carrie ( CHUKS), the Northern Utah Fashion Expo has been a labor of love. Featuring all local clothing, accessories and even music, this fashion show is sure to be an incredible experience. I asked the lovely duo a few questions about the event and what inspired them to put it all together. Mark your calendars for March 22nd and start getting excited!
You ladies are gearing up for one amazing fashion show, can you tell our readers a bit about that event?
Carrie: We are actually gearing up for 3 amazing fashion shows! We are up to 40 models and counting and this number includes models as young as 3, gentlemen, and, of course, many lovely ladies! I hate to spoil the surprise so I won’t reveal too much, but we will be paying tribute to the rich fabrics of winter including knits and leather and strong metal jewelry. Then everything will become whimsical and floral as we fill the runway with an antique garden. The final show of the day will be a whirl wind of live music, the Ogden High School choir, models, photographers and videographers, garden implements, wearable art, hand crafted jewelry and a packed house!
You both have backgrounds in fashion and design, where did you get your start and what are your businesses?
Stephanie: We upcycle, recycle, repurpose or are inspired by nature to make clothes, jewelry and more. I have always had a passion for creating things and working for a good cause. This company is the combination of those ideas. We strongly believe that what we do today affects our Children and the Earth of tomorrow. So Our Children’s Earth, LLC was born.
Carrie: As a teenager in Newark, Ohio I always enjoyed going to second-hand stores to rescue beautiful clothing from a terrible fate. At the time I was looking for current and name brand items (I was a teenager in the early 90’s, after all) until one day I came across my first Gunne Sax dress and I fell in love. Ever since I have had a passion for collecting rare and vintage clothing but it was never a true business. When my father passed away in 2009 I was inspired to take a different direction in life, I was inspired to do what I love before it was too late. So I combined my love of sewing with my love of vintage clothing and started a vintage clothing store. I named it after my dad with a slight spelling alteration: CHUKS.
How did you come together on this project? What inspired you to do a local fashion show?
Stephanie: We were at an event together and started talking about our businesses. Carrie has done a million amazing Fashion Shows and I had helped one of the ladies, Shawnee, with her jewelry at the last one. Shawnee inspired me to want to do a Fashion Show with my business. Then when I started talking to Carrie, we came up with the idea together to do a Fashion Show Expo. We wanted to only highlight local handmade or vintage items, but give people a chance to sell their items as well. We have so many talented people in Ogden and Northern Utah that we want to showcase. It has been wonderful to work together to make this project happen and we look forward to more in the future.
What local designers will be involved?
Stephanie: We love all of the designers that we picked for the Expo and could never give you just a few of them so hold onto your hats here comes the amazing list in alphabetical order: An Array of Artistry, Chuks, Creation Lounge, Hell Bent Clothing, Infused Designs, Ingrid’s Photography, Jamming on Haight, Keswali, Klever Jewelry, Land of Knot, Laughing Dog Design Unlimited, Mandy Made, Mikanik Designs, Moonlighting Mermaid, Ogden Organix, One of a Kind by J, Outdoor Gangsters, Pals Music, Galleon’s Gold Jewelry, Sago Jewelry, Spilt Ink SLC, Timeless Yoga, Twice Loved Toys, and Our Children’s Earth. There are a few more being added as well. To check out pictures and to keep up to date visit us on Facebook: facebook.com/fashionexpo
Anything else our readers should know?
Carrie: The event is free and open to the public so we encourage families, gentlemen, girls looking for the perfect festival outfit, EVERYONE, to attend! What’s unique and exciting about the Northern Utah Fashion Expo is that we are striving to bring something to Northern Utah that hasn’t been done before. We want to highlight the efforts of local artisans and upcyclers (upcycling is when a designer takes a vintage garment or accessory and turns it into something else, or even uses it as a canvas for embellishment) while having the whole day set against a backdrop of live music being performed by local musicians and the Ogden High School Choir. All of our vendors design, hand-made or upcycle the clothing and jewelry that is for sale and on the runway. NUFE also wants to involve and evolve the community by having a silent auction with 100% of the proceeds going to the Ogden High Choir Dept. In addition, we are encouraging everyone to bring a canned food item to donate to the Marshall White Center in leu of an entrance fee.
With beautiful models and fashions of all sizes, ages and gender, we plan on showing Northern Utah how good it can look!
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