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TLC star to host WVU Alumni fashion show in Charleston

Monte Durham, fashion director for “Say Yes to the Dress: Atlanta” and a West Virginia native, will host the West Virginia University Alumni Fashion Show Thursday evening at the Charleston CIvic Center.

Monte Durham, the fashion director from “Say Yes to the Dress: Atlanta,” will host a charity fashion show Thursday evening at the Charleston Civic Center.

The West Virginia University Alumni Association will hold the Chic-to-Chic Charity Fashion Show to benefit alumni and student programs. The event will kick off with a cocktail hour at 6 p.m. and the dinner and show beginning at 7 p.m.

Guests will have an opportunity to mingle with designers at cocktail hour.

The fashion show will include a mixture of local stores and boutiques, as well work from two recent WVU graduates, Samantha Leibowitz of Samantha Leibowitz New York and Nicole Molinaro of Welsh Wear.

“One of the highlights is definitely Monte,” said Nicole Riggleman, the WVU Alumni Association director of development. “He’s originally from West Virginia and has been involved with WVU.”

Durham is known for his charismatic, no-nonsense personality on the popular TLC bridal program. He is also known for giving back through programs like Capital Caring, a hospice organization.

His work has appeared in The Washingtonian, The New York Times, Martha Stewart Living, InStyle and several other publications.

Durham says on his website that he is a “proud West Virginian.” An Oak Hill native, he owned a salon at The Resort at Glade Springs before joining “Say Yes to the Dress: Atlanta,” according to the West Virginia Department of Commerce’s website. He became a fashion stylist for the show in 2010.

In past years, the event was put on by the Mountaineer Athletic Club, but they found the Alumni Association to be a seemingly better fit because of its large network of alumni across the country.

For more information about the event, visit fashionshow.wvu.edu.

Reach Jennifer Gardner at jennifer.gardner@wvgazettemail.com, 304-348-5102 or follow @jennc_gardner on Twitter.