DENVER - More than 800 people joined fashion guru Tim Gunn in Denver Feb. 6 for Goodwill’s 4th Annual Good Exchange Fashion Show & Clothing Swap.
Gunn, co-host of Lifetime’s Project Runway – and host of Project Runway: Under the Gunn – joined Denver’s own Mondo Guerra, also of Project Runway and Under the Gunn fame, for an evening of fashion and fundraising for Goodwill Industries of Denver.
Gunn, an emcee at the sold-out event, entertained guests with humorous behind-the-scenes stories about Project Runway.
Gunn and Guerra also posed for pictures and signed autographs for star-struck VIP guests and student designers.
The fashion event featured upcycled designs by 14 students from Goodwill’s youth programs at local high schools. Each student was given $25 to purchase material at Goodwill to repurpose – or upcycle – into a look that drew inspiration from a particular iconic city across the globe. The student designers were mentored by Guerra, who began his career in fashion by transforming thrift-store items into his own designs.
In addition to the student competition, local celebrities modeled clothing from Goodwill’s Déjà Blue Boutique. There was also a clothing swap – each guest was asked to bring 10 items to swap with other attendees – which allowed guests to go home with an armful of new-to-them fashions.
Proceeds from the benefit will fund Goodwill programs for at-risk youth, struggling adults, and individuals with disabilities.