Celebrate the plaid: Xavier Mothers’ Guild hosts annual Fashion Show

 

Xavier College Preparatory Mothers’ Guild partnered with Saks Fifth Avenue to host its annual Xavier Scholarship Fashion Show March 15 at The Phoenician.

Xavier parents Susan Doria and April Ward chaired the event, and more than 1,300 guests attended. This year’s theme was “Tapestry,” in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the plaid uniform skirt that Xavier introduced in 1965.

The event began with a social, followed by a luncheon and fashion show. Professional models showcased fashions from Saks Fifth Avenue’s Spring 2015 American Collections, and 283 Xavier and Brophy seniors performed 11 runway routines to a spirited music mix.

Xavier alumnae Mary Anne Fernandez Herding (Class of ’81) and Kristina Nagaran Ulrich (’02) directed and choreographed the student show.

Cathy and Ronn Hart were honored with Xavier’s prestigious Founders Award for their tireless support of the school and its mission to educate young women. Mr. and Mrs. Hart’s five daughters graduated from Xavier and went on to Brown University, Carnegie-Mellon, Northwestern, Princeton, and University of Arizona.

Xavier’s fashion show event began in the 1950s as an alumnae event, became a Girls Athletic Association activity in the 1960s, later showcased the fashions that Xavier students created in their home economics classes, and ultimately evolved into the spring tradition that it is today.

Now a key fundraising opportunity for the school, all proceeds from the event will benefit the more than 40 percent of Xavier students who receive financial assistance.

Photos by Duke Photography

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