Paris and haute couture at Del Tech fashion show Nov. 19

November 4, 2011

Paris and the world of haute couture will be the focal point of the annual Couture & Class fashion show and luncheon from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 19, in the Carter Partnership Center at Delaware Technical Community College in Georgetown.

Proceeds from the show, which is hosted by the Jack F. Owens Development Council, will be used to benefit the Fund for Global Understanding.

This fund has a twofold purpose: to provide short-term study abroad scholarships to help students acquire an international outlook and the skills which will provide them with the competitive edge in the job market, higher education, and living and working in a culturally diverse world. It also supports campus programs during the year that promote global understanding and appreciation of people from different cultures.

The fashion show has proven to be a successful way to raise scholarship funds - nearly $3,000 was raised in 2008, profits rose in 2009 to $7,100 and last year more than $20,000 was raised.

Ten study abroad scholarships were awarded to Delaware Tech students.

Lili Kohr of Tiger Lili in Lewes, a member of the event committee, said, “I felt the show needed a theme, so I acted as the creative genius and threw out the idea of Paris, the world of high couture fashion shows … and the rest of the committee members elaborated on it.”

Kohr, who is no stranger to the world of high fashion, hopes to create a show that will enable the attendees to be immersed in the event, or as she explained, “I want them to feel everything, as if they were in France and the world of haute couture. Whether it’s the Eiffel Tower, the Arc de Triomphe, the fountains, gardens … whatever it takes to create a show that is sensational, that’s our goal.”

Announcing for the event again this year will be Drexel Davison, owner of Bad Hair Day, a full-service beauty and body shop in downtown Rehoboth Beach. He is an active community member and serves as president of Rehoboth Beach Main Street.

Serving as co-announcer is Rita Zihenni of New York, N.Y. She is a multilingual television host and reporter in the metropolitan New York area and also works for the Lebanese Broadcasting Corporation from the United Nations.

Presenting men’s and women’s clothing in the categories of casual, business, holiday, and resort wear will be Tiger Lili, Carltons, Pineapple Princess, Rose Garden, Sole, Clothes to You, Jane & Georgie, and Liquid, all in Rehoboth; Coolspring Cottage, Deanna’s and Twila Farrell, Aquamarine, and Brides to Be, all in Lewes; Josephine’s Daughter, Lewes and Rehoboth Beach; and CraZy LadyZ, Ocean City, Md.

Attendees will be able to purchase clothing and store items at the show’s shopping bazaar; participating stores will donate 15 percent of all sales to the scholarships. Returning to participate in the bazaar again this year are: Angels in Air, Bay Moon Design, Joanne DeFiore, all jewelry; Josephine’s Daughter and Tiger Lili, gifts/clothes/jewelry; Coolspring Cottage and Pineapple Princess, clothing; Shell Affair, shell gift items/purses; Vera Bradley, purses; and Delaware Tech, bus trips.

New bazaar participants are: Bad Hair Day, beauty supplies; DelBay Baskets; Juleez, fine art; Justifiable Jewelry and Square Peg, jewelry; Kids' Ketch, items for kids; MicheBag, handbags; CraZy LadyZ, gifts/clothing/jewelry; and Scholastic Book Fair.

This year’s event also will feature live and silent auctions, with the proceeds also designated for scholarships. Items including timeshares and resort vacations can be viewed at

The event is chaired by Sue Saliba, college trustee and member of the Owens Campus Development Council. The planning team, composed of community members and college staff, includes Jason Bentley, Suzi Berry, Susanne Betts, Tamara Black, Nasi Bolourchi, Rep. Ruth Briggs-King, Alison Buckley, Helen Damouni, Drexel Davison, Dima Freih, June Rose Futcher, Taryn Gassner, Zaida Guajardo, Sally Hastings, Peg Hertrich, Kay Hosmane, Lili Kohr, Trey Kraus, Paula Perez, Lisa Peterson Evans, Beth Rodier, Robert Sessa, Ileana Smith, Jackie Sopa, Joann Thompson and Monica Viana.




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