Homegrown organizations PARK and Mode Models have paired up for a virtual fashion show on Monday, May 11 at 3 p.m. Streaming on PARK’s Instagram and at both ourparkonline.com and modemodels.com, MODE at Home x PARK will feature top international Mode models strutting the “runway” from home.
PARK, an opportunity creator for fashion designers and artists, has kept busy during the global pandemic. It launched the Chroma on the Rise online installations and organized a multi-part COVID-19 relief response that includes a GoFundMe and calls for both donated supplies and volunteer efforts to support health care workers and COVID-19 patients.
While the show is free to watch — both live and for the rest of the month of May — the idea behind it was to raise awareness around the relief response. Featured models include Meghan Collison (pictured below), who opened for Prada earlier this year, Shayna McNeill (pictured below), who worked with both Tom Ford and Burberry in 2019, Tricia Helfer, Heather Marks, Chad White and others. They’ll be walking whatever equivalent of a runway is available to them from home — think serene back yards or dramatically lit hallways.
“The majority [of the models] were founded in Calgary and Edmonton with several top girls spending their time in quarantine in Alberta. Most international talent travel between the biggest fashion cities (New York, London, Milan and Paris) but many of them have family still in Alberta so they are back here often,” says Kara Chomistek, president of PARK.
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The local connection doesn’t end there, either. Calgary designers Paul Hardy and Nina Kharey will be making appearances to shine a light on what’s new with them since social-distancing measures have been put in place.
Whether you tune in live or catch the show later, it’s worth taking a minute to read up on the work being done for PARK’s COVID-19 initiatives. Everything from meal prepping for health care workers to the delivery of gently used electronic devices is underway to help make this challenging time a little easier.