Fashion With Compassion

Fashion With Compassion

Cover photo by Jean-Marcus Strole Photography

lt’s incredible how a community can come together for a cause they support and show up for the people they love. Designer Olga Szwed was heartbroken when she first heard her friend’s Elena Scott and Masha Culver‘s children were struggling with severe illnesses. They were battling for their lives, and undergoing strong medical treatments. Elena’s son, Preston, is 6 years old and was diagnosed with Medulloblastoma (brain cancer) and Masha’s daughter was diagnosed with a rare disease that included 3 surgeries and a liver transplant at only one month old. Olga got her crew together, a.k.a her best friends in the fashion world, to organize and volunteer for a show that would raise money to support these two young children. Compassion with Fashion was a magical night. There were no empty seats, the room was packed with supporters ready to donate money to a worthy cause.

Entertainment for the night included opera singer Faira Morozov, professional ballet dancers, a couple singing duets, and more. Performers captivated the attention of the audience and volunteered their talent and time. Mixed into the program were the most recent collections by local Seattle designers: Third & Loom, Victoria Postolit, Elita Couture, MXN Clothing, Justin Zachary, and La Belle Reve. The styles were impressive with cascading sheer mesh ruffles, suede fringe, and bright accents.

That night, $30,000 was raised with a combination of ticket sales, personal donation, silent auction, and live auction items. It was a complete success!

Fashion With Compassion Emcee

Emcees of the night included (from left to right): Model and Beauty Writer, Jamei June, Business Coach, Amy Yamada, Swimsuit Designer, Niveen Heaton. Photo by Samuel Grahn

Galina Extravagant Gown at Fashion with Compassion

Lead hair stylist, Galina Petersen, directed the beauty team to create elegant looks. This extravagant gown is by Third and Loom. Photo by Samuel Grahn

Fashion with Compassion organizer, Olga and Ville Magazine fashion blogger

Ville Magazine Fashion Blogger, Tannya Bernadette with Fashion with Compassion organizer, Olga Szwed. Photo by Samuel Grahn

Models Tanya Sonkin and Shivani

Models, Tanya Sonkin and Shivani catching up. Photo by Samuel Grahn

Ballet dancers

Ballet dancers from The Art School of Russian Classic Ballet. Photo by Samuel Grahn

Elita Couture's children's fashion line

Stunning children’s line by Elita Couture. Photo by Samuel Grahn

Fashion with compassion behind the scenes

Samuel Lewis captured photos behind the scenes and during the fashion show. Photo by Samuel Lewis

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