A fashion runway show in Hamilton this weekend – the annual fundraising event for the Shama Ethnic Women’s Centre – will feature a few Cambridge locals sporting wares that reflect their identities, and has been organised by a Cambridge local too.
“We want the show to be glamorous and attractive, but more importantly, we want the show to align with our values, and so it has to be an empowering women’s event”, says Silvana Erenchun Perez, Manager at Shama and a Cambridge-Te Miro resident. “We want to highlight real women, confident in their own skin and body… You will see models of all ages and shapes.”
Well known Waikato designers Annah Stretton and Srishti Kaur will showcase items in the event, and Cambridge’s very own Yesi Senior, Manuela and Paula Johnson, Pepa Torre and George and Sharonn Pirie will walk the runway in fashion which reflects themselves.
“I take any opportunity to bring Spain to anyone who is keen to enjoy it. I also love to make my girls a part of who I am,” said Peppa Torres, Manuela and Paula’s mum.
“I’m doing it because I think Shama does an amazing work supporting migrants and especially women who find themselves in difficult situations and don’t have anyone to turn to,” Sharonn said, with George adding that he was “proud to wear Scottish kilt and proud to support such an important event.”
“Shama does a great work supporting women like me, and also (doing the event) I can proudly show my Venezuelan roots,” said Yesi Senior.
The Fashion Fusion Show will take place at The Meteor Theatre this Saturday, October 27, doors opening 6pm with the show 6.45 – 8.45pm. Tickets, which include nibbles and a drink, are $50, or $40 for students and seniors. All proceeds will go into supporting Shama’s work.
Tickets are available on the Meteor’s website or call the theatre on 07 8433810.