Fashionably Charitable

Courtesy Stanford Fashion Society

On May 2, Roble Field was the place to see and be seen. More than a thousand people crowded into an enormous white tent where chic models strutted on a dramatically lit runway, showcasing designs from the fantastic (multicolored satin tunics with thick strands of fringe) to the functional (men’s briefs in solid blue and pink). The event, billed as the West Coast’s largest fashion show, was organized and run entirely by Stanford students.

What has come to be known as the Charity Fashion Show began in 1991 as a much more modest affair, put on by the Asian American Student Association. Recently, artistic director Wayne Hwang, a premed senior majoring in biology, has reached out to other campus groups to promote diversity. This year’s event was arguably the most inclusive show this side of the Rockies, with 37 designers from around the world. And the models—mostly Stanford students—likewise reflected the multicultural student body.

Meanwhile, Hwang’s co-coordinator and roommate Thom Scher, a prelaw sophomore, has been drumming up support from industry professionals and sponsors. The sold-out event raised at least $5,000 for Doctors Without Borders.

EMILY HITE is Class of ’07.