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Symphony League Fashion Show is going Greek

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The ballroom at the University of Charleston will be transformed into a Greek temple for the West Virginia Symphony League fashion show Feb. 5, as more than 60 Charleston-area models, 30 retailers and 30 volunteers come together for “Fashion at the Apollo.”

The annual fashion show is a 50-year tradition and a “fun way to gain financial support and awareness for the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra,” said chairwoman and league President-elect Morgan Robinson.

“It’s West Virginia’s most stylish event and Charleston’s hottest night of the year!”

Organizers are hoping to take the audience’s breath away during the show opening, with editorial pieces inspired by Ancient Greece and designed by local artisans, she said.

Models, chosen to honor their support of the league and the symphony, come in all “ages, sizes and backgrounds,” Robinson said.

“They represent business leaders, community members and aspiring fashion professionals in our community. It’s a great way to say thank you for continued support and enthusiasm for this wonderful organization.”

These Greek gods and goddesses will don some of the state’s most fashionable clothing and accessories — “looks that will shine on the runway” — even showcasing the work of many local designers.

“One of my favorite parts of being involved in the fashion show is giving a platform to new designers to showcase their work,” Robinson said.

“It’s very fulfilling to be able to provide the opportunity for someone to see their designs on the runway, especially if they are just starting out.”

One of the designers to be featured this year, Brent Stephens, of The Hipstacrat clothing and accessories, “specializes in handmade, artisan accessories for men and women,” she said.

Stephens said his mission is to “produce a product for men that is not only an accessory, but also a work of art.”

The League — one of the symphony’s largest single sources of financial support — sponsors events throughout the year and hopes to raise $40,000 from “Fashion at the Apollo.”

Tickets start at $75 and are available at or Guests will be treated to a reception featuring cocktails and hors d’oeuvres beginning at 6 p.m.

The league also will host a gala in March and Symphony Sunday, on the grounds of the University of Charleston, in June.

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