Local Fashion Professonals Kick Off This Year's West 18th Street Fashion Show at the Library

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For Immediate Release:
May 29, 2014
Contact: Courtney Lewis
Local Fashion Professonals Kick Off This Year's West 18th Street Fashion Show at the Library

With as many as three dozen local clothing and accessory designers displaying their creations, the annual West 18th Street Fashion Show has become the cornerstone of forward-thinking fashion and design in Kansas City.

In advance of this year's event, a panel of local designers and a fashion writer will discuss their work at the West 18th Street Fashion Show Kickoff Event on Thursday, June 12, 2014, at 6:30 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St. The fashion show itself will be held two days later - on Saturday, June 14, in the Crossroads District. 

Katie van Luchene
of KC Magazine and Good Health KC moderates the preview discussion. Panelists include: 

 *    Matt Baldwin, who turned his love of snowboarding and interest in action sports apparel into a fashion career that now includes Baldwin Denim, a purveyor of premium, American-made denim products. He and his wife, Emily, operate multiple designer boutiques in Kansas City and Leawood. 
*    Susan Cannon, who spent almost 20 years working in New York City's fashion industry as a fashion editor and stylist for Vogue, Elle, Marie Claire, and Jane. Now back in Kansas City, she is writing, art directing, and styling within the fashion, interior, and web design fields.
*    Aurelien Collin, a pro soccer standout with Sporting Kansas City who has turned heads as a designer, giving menswear a stylized and modernized take.
*    Hadley Johnson, operator of a showroom in the Crossroads Arts District whose work with experimental and formal dance companies in New York has led to her latest costuming role, funded by the Andy Warhol Foundation of the Visual Arts.
*    Tara Light, operator of the new boutique, Fable in the Crossroads, featuring her own designs as well as those of emerging American designers who focus on quality, sustainability, and rarity.
*     Maegan Stracy, a multimedia artist and designer interested in "the conversation between wearable garments and contemporary art." Currently a resident with the Charlotte Street Foundation's Urban Culture Project in Kansas City, she held a recent residency at the Arteles Creative Center in Haukijarvi, Finland, and presented a collection at Fashion Week San Diego.
This event is co-sponsored by the Friends of the Kansas City Public Library and the West 18th Street Fashion Show.

Admission is free. RSVP at kclibrary.org or call 816.701.3407. Free parking is available in the Library District parking garage at 10th & Baltimore. 


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