Goodwill Industries of Denver's annual fashion show and swap attracts 1,000 people and is always a sell-out. Expect the tickets to go even faster this year, as the organization on Friday announced it is bringing fashion guru Tim Gunn to join designer Mondo Guerra as host for the fourth annual fundraiser on Feb. 6 at the Exdo Event Center.
Gunn, who recently won an Emmy for his role as mentor and host on Lifetime's popular "Project Runway" fashion competition show, was a fan of Guerra's from the time the Denver designer first appeared on "Project Runway" in 2010. Guerra was the second-place winner that season, and later won the first "Project Runway All-Stars" competition.
"We're thrilled that Tim Gunn is coming," said Goodwill spokeswoman Vanessa Clark. In addition to emceeing the fourth annual show for Goodwill, Gunn will do a meet-and-greet with VIPs who buy $150 tickets to the Denver event, she said.
The fashion show will feature the work of high school fashion designers who are participating in a Goodwill program, and Guerra is mentoring them this month and in January.
Guests will also see creations by some of Denver's designers during the event, and area celebrities will model clothing from Goodwill's Déja Blue Boutique. After the runway show, the event will include a clothing swap.
(Guests are asked to bring 10 items to swap with other attendees. Participants can register and drop off items from Dec. 21 through Feb. 4 at Goodwill's Deja Blue Boutique, 303 University Blvd. and enter to win early access to the swap.)
Proceeds from the event will benefit the organizations' career development programs for at-risk youth, adults and people with disabilities.
Guerra will be spending a lot of time with Gunn coming up, as the designer is among the "Project Runway" alumni who will be on a Lifetime television show to begin airing Jan. 16. "Under the Gunn" will feature Guerra and two others advising up-and-coming designers. By the end of the competition, there will be one winning designer and one mentor.
Good Exchange Fashion Show and Clothing Swap, 5:30-8:30 p.m. (VIP admission at 5 p.m.), Exdo Event Center, 1399 35th St. (at Walnut); tickets are $60 for general admission and $150 for VIPs at goodwilldenver.org/exchange
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