Kara Saun To Judge Clark County Students, As They Hit The Runway At The Annual ‘Fashion Forward’ Saturday, April 2 At Fashion Show Mall

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Junior League Of Las Vegas Awards Grand Prize To Clark County Student With Best “Passport To Fashion” Design; Hosted By Mercedes Martinez From The Mix 94.1 “Mercedes In The Morning” Show

Kara Saun, Project Runway Season One, Stand out Fashion Design Phenom & Costume Designer for the Epic Disney Channel Movie “Descendants”, directed by Kenny Ortega and Starring Dove Cameron, will judge The Junior League of Las Vegas (JLLV) popular annual design challenge, “Fashion Forward,” on Saturday, April 2, at 2 p.m. at Fashion Show Mall. Sixty Clark County high school students have been designing, for months, to compete in this year’s final challenge and public fashion show, in which talented students will present and model their one-of-a-kind designs to Kara Saun, referred to as the Fashion FairyGodmother and an esteemed panel of judges, in hopes of winning amazing prize packages. Also, on hand to assist Kara Saun in awarding the Top 3 student design talents, with Special Fashion FairyGodmother Design Awards, including a Kara Saun Design Internship, A Treasure Chest of Design Goodies & Gift Cards is Las Vegas’ very own “Lindsey Girls”- Ashlyn & Juliana Lindsey, Kara Saun’s Jr. Design Mentees and Protégés, who will be featured in the upcoming Fashion FairyGodmother Youtube Channel series.

More than 200 high school students began the competition last fall—from nine schools including Las Vegas Academy, Southwest Career and Technical Academy, West Preparatory, Rancho, Las Vegas, East Career and Technical Academy, Sunrise, Green Valley and Centennial. But now only 60 remain, following a challenging elimination round that tasked the young designers twofold with (a) creating a muslin dress to showcase their sewing skills and (b) developing an original runway sketch inspired by one of ten select international cities: Reykjavik, Auckland, Hanoi, Buenos Aires, Istanbul, New Orleans, Nairobi, Havana, Berlin and Mexico City.

Now in its eighth year, Fashion Forward aims to enhance the education of local design and fashion students and gives aspiring designers in Clark County high schools the opportunity to showcase their designs in a public setting. In December, 60 student-designers graduated to the final round and were generously provided with fabric by Fashion Forward sponsors Star Costume and Theatrical Supply and owner Marc Salls; each student also received a $25 VISA gift card donated by JLLV—all necessary materials needed to bring to life a complete “Passport to Fashion” ensemble from the students’ original elimination-round sketches.

Students will grade students on neatness of construction, design of garment, appropriate fit and relevancy to their assigned international city.

Tickets for Fashion Forward are now on sale and may be purchased online by visiting http://www.jllv.org/estore. General admission tickets are available for $40; VIP tickets, which include champagne during the exclusive pre-show soiree, front row seating and a special swag bag, and priority seating, are available for $80.

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ABOUT KARA SAUN- THE FASHION FAIRYGODMOTHER
Kara Saun was a standout designer on season one of Bravo's hit series, "Project Runway” and is currently the owner and creative force behind Kara Saun LLC, a fashion and costume design house that specializes in highly-stylized, fashion-driven projects. Kara Saun is the Costume Designer behind Disney Channel’s Epic Movie Descendants. She has loved her role creating & inspiring Wicked Fashion & being The Fashion Fairy Godmother to legions of young fans and can currently be seen on her Disney Youtube Channel Fashion Web-series “Descendants PopTalk”.

Kara Saun became the go-to costume designer, behind such shows as NBC's A cappella sensation "The Sing-Off" (Seasons 1-3) and MTV's hit dance series "America's Best Dance Crew.” (Seasons 1-5). Influencing trends in pop culture, her fashion evolution in the world of dance, is evident having Costume Designed "Jabbawockeez MUS.I.C.”, which ran at the Monte Carlo, Vegas.

Kara Saun is a fashion consultant for Disney's Consumer Products and collaborates with them on the development of their merchandising and product lines for Descendants. She also served as a Fashion Expert for The NBC Red Carpet at the Emmy’s, E! Entertainment Television, Style Network, TV Guide and Bravo.

ABOUT THE LINDSEY GIRLS
The Lindsey Girls- Ashlyn (12) & Juliana (11) Lindsey are becoming Las Vegas’ Jr. Fashionistas. Their love of fashion lead them to winning coveted spots on Kara Saun’s upcoming Fashion FairyGodmother Fashion Web-Series. The Lindsey Girls other passions include cheerleading where Ashlyn is Cheer Captain of her team and Juliana is the lead flyer. The Lindsey Girls most recently earned All-American Status at the USA Spirit National Championships. Ashlyn & Juliana are also featured in Disney Youtube Channel Fashion Web-series “Descendants PopTalk” with Kara Saun. The Lindsey girls are both Honor Students at GVCS Private School & have been actively involved in Gymnastics, Dance, Swimming, Acting, Cheer & Music since they were toddlers.

ABOUT FASHION FORWARD
The Junior League of Las Vegas’ (JLLV) Fashion Forward is a unique fashion design challenge for high school students of the Clark County School District (CCSD), patterned after the popular TV show, “Project Runway.” Part fundraising event and part community outreach initiative, Fashion Forward provides budding fashion and design students a premier opportunity to design and construct their own creations – all with the hopes of making it to the final challenge to model their ready-to-wear designs for the public. Now in its eighth year, Fashion Forward has blossomed into a signature JLLV event, hosting 300 attendees during a special runway show each spring. Proceeds from Fashion Forward support the Junior League of Las Vegas and its mission to promote voluntarism, develop the potential of women and improve the community through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers.

ABOUT JUNIOR LEAGUE OF LAS VEGAS
The Junior League of Las Vegas (JLLV) is an organization of women committed to promoting volunteerism, developing the potential of women, and improving the community through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. Its purpose is exclusively educational and charitable. JLLV is focused on positively affecting the metropolitan Las Vegas area through JLLV programs and teaming with agencies throughout Las Vegas to improve the level of health and wellness in our community. For more information about the JLLV, the community programs we support, and our members, please visit our website at http://www.jllv.org. The JLLV is a part of the Association of Junior Leagues International (AJLI), which consists of 293 Leagues and more than 155,000 members from the USA, Mexico, Canada and Great Britain. For more information, please go to AJLI’s website at http://www.ajli.org.

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