Fashion show features local designers

Fundraiser for the humanitarian efforts of Father Devon Nash

Eight local designers and a bevy of experienced models are donating their time and talent to present a benefit fashion show Saturday night at St. Ignatius School Hall.  

The “Silver Thatch Collection” fundraiser starts at 7:30 p.m. with a display of jewelry for which audience members may bid in a silent auction. The fashion show is set for 8 p.m. with interludes of song and dance. 

At a rehearsal last week, the models showed just how well they knew their craft – turning up in comfortable clothes but carrying glamorous high heels, casting a practiced eye at the garments to be displayed and selecting the styles and fits suiting them best. 

The designers themselves have a range of experience. 

The most familiar name on the program is probably that of Reba Dilbert, who received the Cayman Islands Certificate and Badge of Honor in 2011 in recognition of more than 20 years of costume design. She has been involved in Batabano, Pirates Week, Miss Teen, Miss Universe and the annual Red Dress for Heart Health. Miss Reba has won numerous international awards. She will be showing the creations she took to the New Jersey Fashion Week last October. 

Maureen Lazarus, already a name on the art scene, will show three dresses sewn in her favorite fabric, cool cotton, some of which may carry her one-of-a-kind paintings. 

Veteran seamstress Sandra Lichtenstein came to design relatively recently, although she has made her own clothing for years along with bridal gowns. 

Melissa Dilbert will be showing ready-to-wear casual clothing. 

Jacqueline Bleicher specializes in urban wear, reflecting her exposure to fashion in the U.K. and a number of Caribbean countries. 

Shirley DaCosta has been designing and making clothes for herself, family members and friends over the years.  

These four women took part in FRESH 2012, the show for designers organized by the Cayman National Cultural Foundation. 

Peter Seller is the only designer primarily for men who is taking part. He will be active both behind stage and on stage as he joins friends modeling his designs. 

Virginia Foster, organizer for The Silver Thatch Collection, is best known for incorporating plaits of the indigenous palm into her work. In 2012, she received the Cayman National Cultural Foundation gold award for creativity in the arts. 

Miss Virginia reminded all participants of the valuable contribution they were making to the work of Father Devon Nash. Formerly pastor for the Catholic community in Cayman, he is now at Christ the King Parish in Kingston, Jamaica.  

“People come to him every day asking for help to get food, clothing or building materials,” she related. Funds raised by the fashion show will help Father Nash answer their needs. 

Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for children. They may be purchased at Petique, Optical Outlook, the parish office and at the door. 


Ivy Sahadeo models this gown designed by Sandra Lichtenstein.


Designer Melissa Dilbert adjusts this casual combo worn by Josani Schneider.

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