When The Leader last interviewed fashion designer Candlelight Oaks resident Emily Pennington, she was a junior at Carnegie Vanguard High School who had plans to put together a showcase for young Houston designers, to give others like her an outlet to create and promote their craft.
Now she’s a high school graduate who has put her plans into action.
Strut for Strength, being held Sunday, August 6th at MATCH – Midtown Arts & Theater Center Houston, 3400 Main St, is a charity runway show, featuring six young Houston area designers. It will benefit the Dear Jack Foundation, an organization that helps support adolescents with cancer. All proceeds from the show will go to the organization. There will also be light refreshments and champagne for adults.
“I personally started Strut for Strength, because I think it is really important for designers here to have more opportunities to showcase their work,” said Pennington. “Making it a charity event was because it is just a great way to help people. All it took was an idea, and lots of hard work to make this a reality.”
Pennington recruited participants through social media, friends of friends, and word of mouth. All participants are high school students or recent high school graduates.
The founder of Strut for Strength is singer/songwriter named Andrew McMahon. A fan of McMahon’s work, Pennington was also familiar with the organization.
“I just hope for everyone to have a great time, to help the organization, and show off my work,” said Pennington.
For more information visit, https://matchouston.org/events/strut-strength or look for the event on Instagram and Facebook.