Local fashion, diverse models strut runway for ‘Love Is the New Black’ shelter benefit

Models at last year’s Sisters on the Runway show
Models gather at last year’s Sisters on the Runway show. (Photo: CRLS Sisters on the Runway)

Student fashion designers and popular stores get equal exposure at the upcoming Sisters on the Runway show, “Love Is the New Black,” and on a diverse cast of models.

Models descend the stage at Morss Hall during last year’s Sisters on the Runway show.
Models descend the stage at Morss Hall during last year’s Sisters on the Runway show.

But there’s more to the show than fashion. Proceeds from ticket sales and the event’s auction go to Transition House, a Cambridge shelter for women and families who have suffered domestic violence. Transition House allows women and their children a safe space to readjust and recuperate.

The show is the third for Sisters on the Runway’s local chapter, based at Cambridge Rindge and Latin School. The five-chapter organization – the University of Massachusetts at Amherst has a chapter, and others are in New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania – says it has raised more than $75,000 for domestic violence shelters through annual fashion shows. The local chapter’s first show alone earned $5,000, said Zarya Miranda, the chapter’s president.

The CRLS chapter has also “devised a creative piece that will discuss themes of domestic violence and healthy relationships,” Miranda said.

Music will be provided by the Brony Mixx Dance Project.

“Love Is the New Black” is 6 p.m. May 30 at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Building 50, also known as Morss Hall, at 142 Memorial Drive. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 for adults, or $5 for students.

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