For their four-legged friends at the Humane Society, University of Arizona fashion minor students have been hard at work, creating original denim cape designs to be presented at the Dogs N’ Denim Fashion Show Tuesday, Nov. 27. This fashion show’s goal is to raise money for the Humane Society and provide hands-on experience for the students involved, according to Charlette Padilla, a Retailing and Consumer Sciences faculty member and fashion minor coordinator. This year will be the first year of actually putting together a fashion show for animals at the Humane Society, according to Steff Hunter, the Humane Society’s event manager. “We were over the moon to partner again [with the UA], and this is just an adorable idea and so creative, and anything to get our mission out to the students and the community is great,” Hunter said.
This fashion show was coordinated to raise funds for the Humane Society. Tickets are free, but VIP tickets will be sold for $10. Swag bags and reserved seating will be included for VIP ticket holders. The capes that are walked down the runway are being raffled along with toys and treats. Raffle tickets can be bought at the show; one ticket costs $3, two cost $5. Hunter said that proceeds from raffling off the capes will go to the Humane Society for basic needs around the shelter. Fashion minor students in Padilla’s class worked in groups and collectively came up with design ideas for the garments. The fabric that they were working with this year was denim. “My group came up with a theme of off-white,” said Annie Kamps, a fashion minor student. “From there, we cut up our denim, we painted on it and distressed [the denim].”