Wishing on a Runway: A Night of Love and Fashion

by Xinyi Wang, Contributing Writer


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What happens when charity, fashion and performance mix together? This Thursday night, “Wishing on a Runway” held its second event for UW-Madison at Ogg Hall. The Wisconsin school of Business and the School of Human Ecology worked together to support Maggie’s Angels and Make-a-Wish Foundation. The evenings raised over $1,000 for an 8-year-old girl named Lindsay.

After UW-Madison’s A cappella group Redefined opened with a spectacular performance, we got to know more about Maggie’s Angle, a charity organization that aims to help children with life threatening diseases. Maggie was a girl who loved fashion and jewelry design who was unfortunately diagnosed with cancer at the age of 15. She kept designing jewelry with gem stones and made her one and only wish at the age of 21, to meet her fashion idol Marc Jacobs. Although she passed away at a young age, her happiness and passion for fashion never stopped spreading to people.

Lindsay’s parents founded Maggie’s Angle to help more children with life threatening illnesses in the area of Midwest. Annually, they raise about $25000 and hold many events selling T-shirts, hot dogs and partnerships with various companies. After hearing about this heart-warming story, the fashion show began.

With the company of dynamic music, original clothing designed by the students from School of Human Ecology appeared, as modeled by student models. With a luxurious white evening dress decorated with flowers, a creative orange shawl made of plastic, a maroon gown and sparkling necklace, every design was detail-oriented and creative. After the original designs, Gap, Banana Republic and Francesca’s also took part in their eagerness for the charity, presenting their Fall/Winter designs with both women and men collections.

The fashion show paired nicely with the poetry styling of Lisa Harris, a School of Business alumna and the author of her book Fashion Meets Poetry. Lisa aims to write poems inspired by fashion shows and fashionable images. Her poems focus on the real life hindrances women must face with different backgrounds, body shapes and social status. Harris read three of her poems: each separately discussing the relationships, respect and strength in women’s lives. Her short but vigorous words revealed the real side of a woman, winning love from audiences.

Pitches and Notes and Fundamentally Sound also performed songs following the show.


Here’s more information about Maggie’s Angels:

Official Maggie’s Angels website  

Maggie’s Angels Amazon Smile page 


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