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Fashion & Beauty

Wearable Art

Fine Line to host 31st annual Uncommon Threads fashion show

Kane County Magazine

Next month, fabulously dressed people will be greeted by tuxedoed gentlemen during the Fine Line Creative Arts Center Uncommon Threads fashion show Sunday, Oct. 15, at the Q Center in St. Charles.

The event will feature a raffle, luncheon and runway fashion show.

“It’s a great girl’s day out,” says Fine Line executive director Lynn Caldwell, who will be the event’s MC. “The show is in its 31st year, and I’ve been the MC for 10.”

Last year, about 480 guests attended the fundraiser and more than 100 volunteers worked hard to make it happen. This year’s event is slated to be even bigger, with artists hailing from New Mexico, Colorado, Texas, Florida, Arizona and more.


“Guests can interact with [the artists],” says Caldwell. “Artists are coming for the experience of seeing their art on the runway.”

The raffle will feature “jewelry, quilts, shawls, pottery, pictures, gift certificates and over 50 items – very cool stuff,” she says.

After perusing the raffle area, executive coordinator Eileen Collins says that, in the boutique, a sea of colors will greet guests. The boutique will feature items available for purchase at various price points, such as hand-woven scarves, leather bags, and more. Many of the countrywide artisans will be on hand at Fine Line’s boutique, too. The boutique will be open from 10 a.m. to noon.

The luncheon will take place at noon, followed by the fashion show at 1 p.m.

During the luncheon, each table will be fit with a centerpiece featuring a Papier-mâché mannequin dress-form decorated by Fine Line artists. The centerpieces will be auctioned off at the end of the event.

“We have a lot of over-achievers and they say, ‘I’ve got to make this amazing,’” says Caldwell. “They have hand-dyed ribbons, leaves – every one is different and every one is adorable.”

Many local fashion shows feature clothes from area boutiques and Caldwell and Collins both explained that the Uncommon Threads fashion show is different. The fashion pieces are one-of-a-kind artist creations that are very wearable.

“Most of them are pieces that you can wear places; it’s not costumey,” Caldwell says. “The pieces you see on the runway you can buy afterwards. You can buy it straight away.”

Guests return to the boutique where they can see the garments from the show on display and talk to the artist who made them.

“The very cool thing is that Fine Line teaches a lot of classes and some of our teachers have work on the runway,” says Caldwell. “If you’re inspired by what you see, you can come out [to the arts center] and learn those things. Equally, you can just buy it because it’s finished and makes you happy.”

Tickets to the Uncommon Threads event cost $65.

“I think people will walk away saying that it was $65 well spent; that was a good day, and I helped a [nonprofit] organization,” Caldwell says.

If you go

Uncommon Threads fashion show
When: Sunday, Oct. 15
Where: Q Center, 405 N. 5th Ave., St. Charles
Tickets: $65 each

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