Young fashion designers from local high schools and Texas colleges showcased their own designs and ideas during the Home Sweet Home Fashion Show, held March 1 at the Gracely home in River Oaks to benefit the non-profit SEARCH Homeless Services’ House of Tiny Treasures (HTT). The show was the creation of Sloane Adrogué Gustafson, a senior at St. John’s School, who was aided this year by classmate and co-chair Claire Dorfman. Their mothers, Sofia Adrogué and Laurie Dorfman, were honorary chair and co-chair, and a committee including St. John’s students, an Episcopal High School senior and Rice University junior contributed to the show’s success.
The invitation-only event was sold out, with 300 in attendance, and raised more than $ 70,000 to help sponsor preschool students for field trips, run HTT’s buses for one month, support teacher salaries and ensure educational and therapeutic services for the HTT children.
Gustafson launched the fashion show in 2012 as a way to empower young women and effect change in the community. The 2012 Speak Against Silence Fashion Show raised more than $50,000 for Aid to Victims of Domestic Abuse.
Among the many supporters were: Ericka Bagwell, Melanie Gray, Laura and Denman Heard, Carolyn and Jay Kaplan, Sylvia and Mark Russell, Y. Ping Sun, and Francie and Mike Willis. Seen in the crowd were: Bob Bibb, Kylie and James Casey, The Honorable Caroline Baker Hurley, Kay King, Peter Remington, and Jeff Shell. Among the many generous in-kind donors were: Swift + Company, Urban Retreat, Sprinkles, Tiff’s Treats, E3-Electric, Cregan Design Studios, Era Group, Hyatt Regency, Bonjour: An Authentic Creperie, Tejas Office Produces, LG Entertainment, Sir Speedy, HEB, Gray Reed and McGraw, P.C., and Tiny Boxwoods.