Charlottesville Dress Company Hosts Benefit Fashion Show for International Rescue Committee
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) - Some of the latest fall fashions went on display in Charlottesville to help give back to the city's refugee population. On Friday night, the Charlottesville Dress Company hosted a benefit fashion show for the International Rescue Committee (IRC) which helps refugees resettle in the United States.
Friday night's event at Vault Virginia was part of the 3rd Annual Charlottesville Design Week, which highlights the work of local designers. The IRC helps refugees in cities across the county by providing things like clean water, shelter, and health care.
Since some of the designers hire people with the IRC, organizers say the event is a great way to highlight their collaboration.
"I think this is a great way to show off some of our clients. Sewing is kind of a lost art here in America but a number of refugees come with that skill, our employer partners like Charlottesville Dress Company and OESH provide employment opportunities for those individuals who use those skills,” said Diana Cole Connolly, IRC.
The fashion show featured items from more than 50 different designers and stylists. Friday night's benefit raised funds for over 200 new refugees the IRC expects to take in over the next year.