River Walk trees danced along the water outside in reflections of their blue, red, green, and white Christmas lights. Inside, a spectacular 22-foot Christmas tree stood at the edge of the runway, but even it was eclipsed by the electrified models strutting down the catwalk. To benefit the San Antonio AIDS Foundation on World AIDS Day, students from the International Academy of Design and Technology – San Antonio, along with the school’s STITCH Fashion Club, presented their third annual “Threads for Hope” fashion show on December 1 inside downtown’s Hotel Contessa. It was one of the best events I’ve been to in a long time. The varying shades of red put together by IADT students and professors in dresses, skirts, and pants suits — there was even a fun blazer for all the teachers in the house — symbolized the fight against AIDS. And all that red inspired a sense of happiness and togetherness. Along with the inevitable nods to the holiday season, the roaring ’20s and ’30s had the student’s interest. Exhibit A: Carol Blentling’s ankle-length red dress with a black lace chest and sexy back buttons. Exhibit B: Margie Garcia’s short dress with heart-shaped cutout, which her daughter, Demi Garcia, wore down the runway. An adorable ’20s flower headband with a short black veil gave the outfit the ultimate accent.
Fatima Halifi’s dress was perhaps the most unique of the evening; her short red ruffled skirt shimmered in black, creating a deep winter maroon, and the accompanying sleeveless lace top caught eyes as a similar bra peaked out through the bodice. And Agatha Marie’s unique ankle-length dress, called the “candy cane dress,” reminded all it is still the Christmas season: gold vertical-striped ribbon wrapped the dress like a present and tied the sides of the dress together like shoestrings. Other notable looks of the night included Ashley Urquhart’s Spanish-inspired shimmery dress with gold chain across the back for a “sexy salsa dancer” look. And Janie Morales, assistant instructor at IADT, channeled the royalty. For more information, check out the International Academy of Design and Technology – San Antonio at iadt.edu/San-Antonio and the San Antonio AIDS Foundation at txsaaf.org.