| Jan 16, 2020
Celebrating the 7th Annual Streetwork Fashion Show
On October 10th, we celebrated the 7th Annual Project Streetwork Fashion Show with PVH. Each year, Project Streetwork offers young people an opportunity to participate in design apprenticeships with PVH designers, culminating in an incredible fashion show where youth model their own designs. This year’s event, held at PVH’s Calvin Klein Lookspace in the heart of the Garment District, was the biggest and boldest yet.
PVH provided sewing machines, fabric and art supplies, and guided the first-time designers from inspiration boards to execution. On the runway, at first the designer-models walked cautiously, with downcast eyes. After a few steps, they looked up, to applause and cheers. And after a few more, they smiled.
For Joean Villarin, Director of the Streetwork Uptown Drop-In Center, Project Streetwork is a positive shared experience for clients and staff. “It’s nice to be in an environment where the focus isn’t on problems, or on fixing something,” she said. “It’s on creating something.”
Daniel Armosilla, a designer and PVH Project Streetwork mentor, said, “When we say, ‘This is a great idea, here are the tools and supplies, let’s band together and help you realize this,’ all that’s happened to them washes away. They feel peace and elation — surprised by what they’re capable of.”