MADISON, Wis. (WMTV) - Twelve local boutiques are showing their support for survivors of domestic abuse in 8th Annual Dress for DAIS Fashion Show on Thursday.
The boutiques are helping dress 96 models to walk the runway. Some of the models are survivors of domestic abuse themselves. This year, the survivors will be recognized as they walk down the runway by holding a purple flower. Purple is the color for domestic violence awareness.
"I just get chills thinking about it, everybody cheering on their feet, there were tears, goosebumps," Zoey Schuler, owner of participating boutique Z. Bella Boutique, said about the survivors walking in the show.
Schuler's shop, Z. Bella Boutique in Middleton has been a part of the Dress for DAIS fashion show since it started back in 2010.
This year, Schuler said, "We're gonna have a bucket of extra flowers, so before they walk on the stage if somebody identifies as a survivor they can pick up a flower and walk down the runway. So we may have fifteen survivors or we may have fifty, we don't know. But, either way it's a great way to show support for these women."
The event will also have a silent auction with items from local businesses.
All of the proceeds from the event will 100% go to DAIS, Domestic Abuse Intervention Services, to help them continue to provide emergency services and other programs to survivors of domestic abuse for free.
The fashion show will be held at the Overture Center for the Arts. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the show begins at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are still available and can be bought at the door, they are $25 for balcony standing room and $50 for general admission seating.
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