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Sol Inspirations Eco Fashion Gala
The Minneapolis Depot
Minneapolis, MN
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Sol Inspirations Eco Fashion Gala
Ignite Models Inc, LIMEgreen Events and the Minnesota Renewable Energy Society have come together to create the largest Eco Fashion Show and Benefit Event in Minnesota. Project Runway Season 7 Winner Seth Aaron Henderson will headline Sol Inspirations Eco-Fashion Gala & Benefit Event, showcasing his collection of high-fashion solar power-inspired couture SolarWorld collection during the high-impact Portland Fashion Week. Seth will join an illustrious celebrity judging panel during the Design Competition and host an early evening VIP Reception at the event, included in the price of a VIP ticket. Sol Inspirations Eco-Fashion Gala & Fundraiser will take place on Saturday, April 23rd at The Depot, with proceeds benefiting the Minnesota Renewable Energy Society and to help Haiti rebuild.

Sol Inspirations will be Minnesota's first ever large scale eco-fashion show and production. The runway show will feature Ignite Models wearing eco-friendly looks from local designers including Kathryn V, Counter Couture, Jenny Carle and Renalie Baily, as well as Seth Aaron Henderson's awe inspiring SolarWorld collection. The highlight of the show will be a design competition between six talented designers, vying for a $5000 cash prize. With a silent auction, green vendors and exhibits, music by DJ Sheik and the eco-fashion runway show, the event will be a call to action to get people thinking about how they can be green in their lives in a variety of ways, donate money for two fantastic causes and have a fabulous night out in Minneapolis.

Competition for the $5,000 cash prize will be fierce as the group of designers includes two "Project Runway" finalists, a designer who showed her first collection during New York Fashion Week, independent clothing label owners and Twin Cities designers who have been making eco-conscious clothing for years. The finalists are: "Project Runway" Finalists Christopher Straub and Ra'mon-Lawrence Coleman, Allison Helliwell of Allilamode Designs, Tara Latour of Tara Latour Designs, Co-Designers Atom Pechman & Jenn Bratvold and Niki English. Each designer will create three looks: Look 1 must incorporate non-traditional fabrics, Look 2 must incorporate recycled materials or up-cycled clothing, Look 3 must incorporate sustainable fabrics, and one of the looks must use solar panels.

The three looks the designers create will be judged by a panel of seasoned Twin Cities fashion industry veterans, who will judge their designs on the following four categories: execution, functionality, originality and adherence to the guidelines. Judges include Seth Aaron Henderson, Winner of Project Runway Season Seven, Anna Lee, Founder MN Fashion and Fashion Designer, Trudy Landgren, Assistant Professor of Textile and Apparel Construction at St. Kate's University, Mark Caligiuri, Apparel Design Coordinator and Professor at MCTC and designer and Stephen Trevino, from 526 Salon, Spa & Gallery.

Seth Aaron Henderson is a fashion designer and freelance stylist who won Project Runway's Seventh Season and currently resides in Vancouver, WA with his wife and two children. With his incredible SolarWorld collection as seen in last fall's Portland Fashion Week, Seth Aaron draws on his passion for a domestically manufactured solar solution to pressing energy, environmental and economic challenges facing the country and his interest in exploring the technology's aesthetic possibilities. For more on Seth Aaron, please visit:

The Depot is located at 225 Third Avenue South in Minneapolis. Tickets are $35 for General Admission, $75 for VIP (with reserved seating and early evening reception hosted by Project Runway Season 7 Winner Seth Aaron Henderson) and are on sale now. There will be a student discount rate of $15 at the door with valid student ID. For more information or to purchase tickets, please visit:

Eco-fashion contributes to a healthy and eco responsible world on many fronts including choosing organic and locally made textiles, manufacturing clothes efficiently to use less energy, respecting responsible labor practices, recycling clothes to make new fashion (up-cycling), and commissioning demi-couture clothing over disposable fashion.

Sol Inspirations will be Minnesota's first fashion show representing the community's collective couture eco-fashion talent. Until now, eco-fashion designers have relied on small independent fashion shows and booths at trade shows to promote themselves, branding eco-fashion as a niche product. With Sol Inspirations, designers and eco-responsible businesses will be able to showcase their products in a trendy and edgy fashion forward event produced by the top production and event management companies in the Midwest, Ignite Models Inc. and LIMEgreen Inc. With Minnesota's top talent working to educate and provide a strategic platform for eco-fashion and with the current popularity of the global Green movement and fashion shows, the timing is perfect for Sol Inspirations to market reposition eco-fashion as mainstream.  

The Minnesota Renewable Energy Society (MRES) is a member-run, 501(c)(3) non-profit organization founded in Minneapolis in 1978 and incorporated in Minnesota in 1979 to promote the use of, and to engage in advocacy for, renewable energies in Minnesota through education and through the demonstration of practical applications. MRES is involved in education, awareness, and advocacy efforts for all forms of renewable energy, with a particular emphasis on solar technologies.  For more on MRES, please visit:



The Minneapolis Depot
225 Third Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55401
United States

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