J’Adore La Mode Fashion Gala

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Some 750,000 teenage girls become pregnant in this country annually. A bleak statistic like that, compared with the hard reality of inner-city public school test scores, can’t help but cast a shadow over the prospective futures of Philly’s young women. There is, however, a brilliantly luminous beacon of opportunity at the end of this tunnel, nestled in the heart of the city. And it’s about to hit the runway.

The Evoluer House, a vibrant local organization focused on young women’s empowerment, has been working for a decade to provide a positive and encouraging environment for teenage girls of color. Through personal development programs and youth workforce development programs, Evoluer House enables its participants to gain invaluable experience, insight and personal growth. Some outstanding statistics of its own: Eight hundred girls have graduated from these workshops since the organization’s conception; 100 percent of them have graduated high school; 70 percent of those graduates attend college or other forms of post-secondary education/training; and 75 percent have become mentors themselves.

Evoluer House’s fourth annual fashion-show benefit gala, J’Adore La Mode, takes place this week, bringing together the elements of refinement and high style on which Cheryl Wadlington, EH’s founder and author of last year’s The DivaGirl’s Guide to Style and Self-Respect, built her career. Featuring the stunning 2014 spring collection of internationally renowned celebrity stylist Kithe Brewster, the event also includes innovative designs by talented area upstarts. UArts graduate and world-renowned dancer/choreographer Anthony Burrell will kicks off the show; and, bringing some glamor to the night, international supermodel Sessilee Lopez is scheduled to attend. Thanks to the Evoluer House, Philly’s fashionistas are about to celebrate this city’s most precious commodity: Our youth. / KENNEDY ALLEN

Fri., Dec. 13, 7pm. $100-$275. University of the Arts, 320 S. Broad St. 215.592.8988. evoluerhouse.org
 

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