Twin City Fashion Week will present its inaugural shows 7-11 p.m. April 19 and 20 at the Millennium Center, 101 W. Fifth St., Winston-Salem. The opening night Sponsor Gathering, set for April 18, is sold out.

Derwin “DJ” Hargrave said he hopes that the event will help refresh the local textile industry and elicit pride in the Winston-Salem’s fashionable future.

Described as a “high-end runway show” that “will employ the area’s biggest models, make-up artists, hair experts, designers, and more,” Twin City Fashion Week’s Friday night event will feature original designs by emerging designers. The Saturday-night show will highlight local boutiques and national brands.

“This will be the type of show that is not just looking to celebrate fashion, but is a movement that will bring the community together and change the face of the city,” Hargrave said.

Hargrave, born and reared in Winston Salem, has recruited local artists and entrepreneurs who share his passion for propelling the community forward in the name of art and innovation. They include Millennium Center owner Greg Carlyle, a retired hair stylist who has styled hair for Naomi Campbell and Cindy Crawford.

“This fashion week is about giving back to the community, providing opportunities for our citizens, and embracing diversity by making any and everyone feel welcome in the Twin City,” Hargrave said.

A portion of the show’s proceeds will benefit Reynolda House Museum of American Art.

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