Fashion fundraiser hopes to raise $3,000 for MSA Museum

The Studio Alley Fashion Show takes place Saturday, Sept. 15.

Amelia MacArthur of Champion Jack’s Emporium has helped organize a fashion show set for Sept. 15.

Amelia MacArthur of Champion Jack’s Emporium has helped organize a fashion show set for Sept. 15.

by Miranda Miller, Contributor

A special evening of fashion will be held in downtown Abbotsford on Sept. 15, benefiting the MSA Museum Society.

The Studio Alley Fashion Show has been organized by the museum society and Amelia MacArthur, co-owner of Champion Jack’s Emporium.

Organizers are hoping to raise up to $3,000.

The museum society’s mission statement is to “be the memory of the community by preserving and interpreting its history.” This involves fundraising, donations, and government grants, which all contribute to preserving and providing material for the public’s education and entertainment.

MacArthur acknowledges the involvement of many local businesses that provided services and equipment needed to make the event possible. She played a large role in organizing the behind-the-scenes work for the show. She recruited models from UFV’s fashion design program, and received assistance from Deanna Devitt, the department head.

MacArthur and her partner Jason Nicholas opened Champion Jack’s Emporium, a vintage clothing and record store, last year. They named it after an old blues pianist, and their son. MacArthur will be displaying some of the clothing from her store on the runway, and terms her inspiration “vintage glam.”

The fashion show will display works of independent and local designers, and will consist of a variety of styles, ranging from everyday wear to business and evening outfits. Vancouver designer’s Twigg & Hottie’s fall 2012 collection will be featured, as well as Figment Design’s textile prints from Langley.

MacArthur recommends that people come dressed in formal attire. It will be a night of artistic expression, accompanied with wine and appetizers, and a chance to socialize and meet the designers.

The event runs from 8-10 p.m., and takes place at Level 6 Images Studio (2615 Montrose Ave). Tickets are $40, including a complimentary drink, and can be purchased at Champion Jack’s Emporium, at 33784 George Ferguson Way.