Over 10,000 condoms will be used as couture to raise awareness at fashion show

By Branna Calloway

February 16, 2016

On February 27, Condom Couture Charlotte will grace Neighborhood Theatre’s stage with over 10,000 condoms worth of fashion and accessories to raise awareness for Planned Parenthood South Atlantic. This marks the second year for this quirky fundraiser that started off as an extension of the Asheville event when PPSA Director of Philanthropy, Marcie Shealy, first approached Charlotte showrunner Lesa Kastanas.

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Lesa Kastanas

What sprang from that fateful conversation was a successful smash that is now used as a model for Asheville’s event. Kastanas, along with event partners Sharon Dowell (designer/artist curator), Laurie Smithwick (website design), and Scott Weaver (entertainment) promises a “fun event that educates and brings a lot of people together for a good time.” A perfect hook to engage those supporters that may not be aware that this truly unique event exists!

The design field is wide open. There’s no theme to restrict vision and a lot of fashion designers from last year are returning, including standout Edelweiss De Guzman and local celebrity Buff Faye. “We also secured designers from local shops like SILVERFLY, Stash Pad, Erin Grey Couture, Dupp & Swatt and RCB Fashion,” says Dowell. A new twist is the Accessories category where designers like Ariana Arenas, a local jeweler, metalsmith and resident at the McColl Center, will craft “condom-incorporated creations for sale.”

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Miami Dice photo by Enid Valu

Local band Miami Dice will play live onstage during the fashion show, providing their trademark trumpets, synthesizer and drums to create a chill sound flavored with European and Italian disco. DJ Buckmaster will open and premier local DJ Andy Kastanas will close. Stay tuned for a special performance by Bethann Phetamine that’s sure to let fly a bevy of sparks.

Host Caroline Renfro will be joined by auctioneer Matt Olin. Doors will open at 7:30 p.m. and it’s 16+ only, unless accompanied by a parent. You can purchase tickets or sponsorships here

Follow Condom Couture Charlotte on Facebook for all updates and get a look at the designers on Instagram @CondomCoutureCLT.

2015 recap video by Enid Valu

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