Crystal Majesty was the theme of Montini Catholic's 37th Annual Fashion Show on Sunday, December 8th. Student models, proud parents, friends and fashionistas kicked off the Christmas season at the Sheraton Lisle Naperville Hotel. "This event allows us the opportunity to make the dream of a Catholic education come true for deserving students through our San Miguel Fund," said Principal Kevin Beirne, who shows his support every year by modeling in the show. "When I heard about this year's theme, Crystal Majesty, I imagined the many cuts and facets that crystal exhibits. Each of our students are like a fine piece of crystal - unique with a variety of strengths, talents and interests. This is the majesty of our student body and we celebrate and recognize them today as individuals."
The Christmas-themed fashion extravaganza, a Montini tradition, was emceed by Chicago fashion designer, Borris Powell. The show featured trendy and casual apparel, formal wear, furs and sparkling evening gowns, all modeled by Montini juniors, seniors and alumni and all for a good cause - to benefit the Lasallian high school's San Miguel Fund. The scholarship fund helps provide financial assistance to Montini Catholic families finding themselves experiencing hardships, such as serious illness, death or severe financial difficulties. It provides students with an opportunity for a Catholic education that they may not otherwise be able to afford.
The festive show was chaired by Montini Catholic parent, Debbie Isoda and featured a luncheon, pre-show vendor boutique and raffle opportunities before the students and alumni took to the stage.
This year's event showcased fashions from Nike, Hazyl Boutique (Elmhurst), Jayne (Glen Ellyn), Southern Tide (Naperville), Buckle (Lombard), Kie & Kate Couture (Elmhurst), Altar'd State (Oak Brook), York Furrier (Elmhurst), Lapin House (Oakbrook), Black Tie Formalwear (Glen Ellyn) and Peaches (Chicago).
"I want to express my gratitude and appreciation to all our attendees for supporting our Annual Fashion Show, as well as committee chairs, members and volunteers," said President Jim Segredo. "This event allows us to come together as a school community and celebrate the Christmas season together, while supporting a great cause."
This year marked Fashion Show Chairperson, Debbie Isoda's, last after serving as such for the last 4 years. "This labor of love has allowed me to meet many new families at Montini Catholic and make many new friends," she said. "My daughter (Katherine, senior) chose Montini as a freshman and, since then, our family hasimmersed ourselves in the LaSallian tradition of service and giving back."
"Debbie has done an incredible job of making this day a huge success," added Principal Beirne. "The recipients of financial assistance greatly appreciate her, her committee, our donors, sponsors and attendees for helping to make a Lasallian education at Montini Catholic, their reality."