Lioness Fashion Show is a treat for the eyes

November 16, 2004|by Alicia Notarianni

"The typical woman is so concerned about how she looks that she'll try on a couple of outfits before she goes anywhere," said Sukey Rankin, a 26-year member of the Hagerstown Lioness Club. "She wants to be perfectly put together."

Accordingly, the stage was set - literally - for the club's Gift of Sight Fashion Show on Sunday, Nov. 14. Situated on the runway platform was a make-believe room containing a dressing screen, dresser and love seat haphazardly yet attractively strewn with various articles of clothing, shoes and accessories.

Rankin was the chairwoman and commentator for the event.

More than 175 people paid $7 per ticket to attend the 2 p.m. show at the Elks Lodge on Robinwood Drive. Attendees were treated to fashion scoops for both men and women ("putty" is the new neutral color for fall), refreshments at intermission and chances to win one of numerous door prizes - including crafts, floral arrangements, glassware and gift certificates to restaurants and salons - which were donated by area businesses.


Designer clothing was provided by Lena Darner Boutique and Ingram's Men's Shop. Several area hairstylists volunteered their time and skill to beautify more than 25 Lioness and Lion's Club members who served as models. Organist Jean Glosser enhanced the ambience with a musical backdrop.

Now in its 18th year, Rankin said the Gift of Sight Fashion Show retained its standard format, opening with business casual pieces with a "fashionable timeless uptown look that works around the clock."

Following intermission, the models donned formal evening wear. Males wore formal suits and tuxedos while their female counterparts were decked out in holiday party outfits and gowns.

"We like to end with a glitzy flair," Rankin said. "It puts everyone in a festive mood."

Carole Young of Hagerstown said she enjoys going to the annual show to spend time with her friends and check out new styles.

Frances Startzman, 68, of Hagerstown, said she likes seeing clothes on live models.

"Things look better on people than they do hanging on racks," Startzman said.

Rose Wood, a Hagerstown optometrist and immediate past president of the Hagers-town Lioness Club, attended the show with her daughter, 15-year-old Lauren Wood. Both have modeled in the show in past years.

"This is the first one I ever got to just watch and see from this point of view. It's fun. I love it," Rose Wood said.

Doris Fisher, treasurer of the Hagerstown Lioness Club, said she anticipated profits of about $1,500. Fisher said $1,000 will be donated to the Medical Eye Bank of Maryland. The remainder will go toward local sight conservation projects such as financial assistance with eye exams and eyeglasses for area children.

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