The Women of Chapman enjoy a Wildflower Linen Fashion Runway Show

Youngsong Martin, owner and principal designer of Wildflower Linen has done it again with another successful fashion runway show, taking place in Orange County, CA for guests of the Women of Chapman organization.

Nearly 70 seats were filled for an afternoon of fabulous decor, amazing food and a special treat as they witnessed  gorgeous models wearing dozens of different designer dresses created by Youngsong Martin.  The Wildflower Linen Fashion Runway Show began 2 years ago and continues to be a highlight for event functions and fundraisers.  It wouldn’t be significant without its signature concept; every model is “draped and pinned” with an ACTUAL table linen or chair cover that would otherwise be used as a rental for an event.   Models not only have 2 minutes between walks to get dressed, but Youngsong must also pin and prep them for stage…. from Table Linen straight into Dress Linen, literally.   It’s a feat that we must say even the top designers in the nation would have a hard time topping.  You thought 24 hours was difficult to make a dress, try a few minutes!  Move over Project Runway and make room for Wildflower Linen – YSM’s Runway!

Here’s a sneak peak of the event courtesy of Elysium Productions:

Wildflower Linen Fashion Show from Elysium Productions on Vimeo.

THE INVITATION:

THE DECOR:

The event took place in one of Orange County, CA’s newest up and coming location, SOCO Collections.   Wildflower Linen dressed the tables in a delicate lavender tone using carolyn lace caps and a variety of lace chair covers to seat nearly 70.  With the help of wedding coordinator, Carolyn Chen from The Special Day, the event ran smoothly while the decor was stunning!  Florals in light pastel colors & soft candlelight were created by The Mille Fiore while menu and paper goods from Cherish Paperie were the perfect touch to round out the decor.  Culinary creations by Good Gracious! Events included Sweet Pea & Caprese Salad, Pan Roasted Lemon Pepper Salmon Roulade and an Espresso Cappuccino Milkshake Float.

Photos courtesy of Gene Higa Photography & Jessica Claire Photography.

THE FASHION SHOW:

View the Wildflower Linen Fashion Show courtesy of Elysium Productions.

Youngsong Martin in action…

Wildflower Linen’s Fashion Show received rave reviews from Orange County’s Daily Pilot which also shared names of some of the distinguished guests that attended.

Print Material Courtesy of Rayce PR.

Click HERE to view the article from Daily Pilot.

ABOUT THE WOMEN OF CHAPMAN:

Women of Chapman is a vibrant group of philanthropic-minded women who are strongly dedicated to a program of service to Chapman University. Members enjoy a number of educational and fashion-oriented programs throughout the year, including the group’s signature fundraising event, Christmas at The Ritz (internal link to Christmas at The Ritz page.) Starting with just 35 members when it was founded in 1971, the group now comprises more than 220 Women of Chapman.

Over the past four decades, Women of Chapman has given nearly $5 million in gifts to support Chapman University. Gifts from Women of Chapman have been designated for student scholarships and various programs and capital campaigns across campus.

The group’s recent $1.5 million pledge of support to two major capital campaigns is the largest in Women of Chapman history. This gift will name the Women of Chapman Center Stage in the state-of-the-art new Center for the Arts and the Women of Chapman Open-Air Bridge in Millennial Studios, the planned expansion of Dodge College’s Marion Knott Studios.

Notable gifts to Chapman University include:
Women of Chapman Endowed Filmmaker Fund, which supports senior film projects for students in Dodge College of Film and Media Arts
Scholarship support over the years to World Campus Afloat (Semester at Sea) and later to Chapman’s general scholarship fund
Dr. Albert Schweitzer public exhibit (located in Argyros Forum)
The Fashionables Courtyard and Sacred Mound Garden in the Fish Interfaith Center
The Fashionables Terrace in the Leatherby Libraries
The Fashionable Women of Chapman Rotunda Boardroom and Terrace in Marion Knott Studios

An Excerpt from History of Women of Chapman
Written by Donna Bunce

We have given Chapman University close to $5 million dollars, most notably since “Christmas at The Ritz” was launched, which has allowed The Fashionable Women of Chapman – we did change our name about 10 years ago – to give $250,000 to the Leatherby Libraries, $1 million to the building of Marion Knott Studios, home of the amazing Dodge College of Film and Media Arts, with another $1 million pledged to an endowment that will fund senior film projects for Dodge College students. And, that’s not all… since we are close to fulfilling that million-dollar endowment pledge, our board just approved a $1 million pledge to Chapman’s proposed Center for the Arts naming the Women of Chapman Center Stage, and $500,000 to the building of Dodge College’s Millennial Studios and the naming of the Women of Chapman Open-Air Bridge.

Today, we stand at a membership of 220, with a group of impassioned women “running the show.” I do want to thank our group’s presidents who carried on after Mary Lou passed the torch. You are all responsible for keeping this group viable and fun. Mary Dell Barkouras, Joan Riach-Gayner, the late Betty Belden Palmer, Adrienne Brennan, Karen Elliott, Leslie Cancellieri, Charlene Prager, and Adrienne again this year — and I had a two-year stint in there as well.

Our programs have become legendary, from visiting Tony Duquette’s legendary Dawnridge estate in Beverly Hills and meeting His Imperial Royal Highness Archduke Dr. Geza von Habsburg, the curator of Fabergé and the great-great-grandson of Austrian Emperor Franz-Joseph, to meeting Tony Bill, producer of the The Sting, winner of the Academy Award for Best Picture in 1973, and making fools of ourselves creating our own commercials while Dodge College film students filmed and edited us.

The friendships formed here are deep-felt and solid. I love this group because it is not a stereotype. There are ladies of all ages and all walks of life in the Women of Chapman, our official name as of July 1st, who have a common vision to help make Chapman University the best it can be. And, we are busting our buttons that Chapman has been selected as one of America’s finest universities – and also as one of the “Best in the West” – in the 2011 edition of the independent education services company Princeton Review, and continues to be counted among the best in the nation by the prestigious U.S. News & World Report. Now, that’s impressive!

VENDOR TEAM & SPONSORS:

Of course this and many events would not be possible without the support and talent of the sponsors:

Catering
Good Gracious! Events
Pauline Parry

www.goodgraciousevents.com

Venue
SOCO Collection & Burnham USA
Scott Burnham

www.burnhamusa.com

Fashion & Linen
Wildflower Linens
Youngsong Martin

www.wildflowerlinens.com

Floral Design

The Mille Fiori
Gina Park

www.themillefiori.com

Music Entertainment
Honored Occasions
James Izzo

www.honoredoccasions.com

Photography
Jessica Claire Photography
Jessica Claire

www.jessicaclaire.net

Gene Higa Photography
Gene Higa

www.genehiga.com

Video
Elysium Productions
Julie Hill

www.elysiumproductions.com

Rentals & Lighting
Chiavarichairrentals.com
Steven Sun

www.chiavarichairrentals.com

Signature Party Rentals
Corie Lovelace

www.signatureparty.com

Paper Pretties
Cherish Paperie
Adrienne Coerper

www.cherishpaperie.com

Cheese Board
Cheese Shop @ The Mix
Dawn Mednick

www.cellarcheeseshop.com

Models
Refresh Talent Agency
Alice Kim Cowell

www.refreshtalent.com

Hair & Makeup
Joyce Luck Style
Joyce Luck

www.joyceluckstyle.com

Model Jewelry
Christina Noelle Designs
Christine Remo

www.christinanoelle.com

Model Handbags
Jessica Grant Handbags
Suzan Lee Paek

www.jessicagranthandbags.com

Event Planner
The Special Day
Carolyn Chen

www.thespecialday.net

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