Attention, Fashionistas!

Ever dreamed of getting a behind-the-scenes look at the fashion industry, from a real-life designer?

Here’s your chance!

Meet fashion designer, N.C. State design professor and Project Runway Season 12 finalist Justin LeBlanc at a not-to-be-missed party this Saturday, Oct. 10 at The Cary Theater.

Justin, Dior & I kicks off at 7 p.m., with LeBlanc’s lecture on the House of Dior, followed by a screening of the film Dior & I, then a meet-and-greet dessert party.

Born into deafness, LeBlanc has made a journey toward hearing via cochlear implant, one that impacts his art and his outlook on life.

An assistant professor in the Art + Design Department in N.C. State’s College of Design, LeBlanc’s designs have been featured at fashion shows and museum installations throughout the U.S., and he is recognized for his use of unconventional materials.

LeBlanc was a contestant on Project Runway All Stars Season 4 and a finalist on the Lifetime television production Project Runway, Season 12. His fashion designs earned him a showing at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in New York in August 2013, where he was the first designer to incorporate 3D printing into his designs.

His Fall/Winter 2015-16 fashion collection, titled “Journey,” uses North Carolina-based design and textile resources, such as fabric from Contempora Fabrics of Lumberton and custom-printed designs by Spoonflower of Durham.

For more on LeBlanc, see

Dior & I, rated R, offers a look inside the Christian Dior fashion house, and the creation of Raf Simons’ first haute couture collection as its new artistic director.

Downtown Cary merchants taking part in the evening include Belle at the Jones House and Paisley Boutique.

Tickets to this event are $10, and are available at

Also, tonight at 7 and again on Sunday at 2 p.m., The Cary will show the fashion documentary Iris, profiling former White House interior designer Iris Apfel, who boasts one of the largest collections of costume jewelry in the world. Tickets for Iris are $5.

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Attention, Fashionistas!

The models get to wear these clothes on the runway, but you get to take them home!

Couture for a Cause, an annual fashion show fundraiser benefiting Activate Good, pairs local designers with nonprofit partners to create looks that embody the missions of those organizations.

First hosted in 2009, Couture for a Cause has become an annual Activate Good tradition, and a competition for the local designers offering prizes in Couture and Ready-to-Wear categories.

And at the end of each runway show, guests get a chance to bid on their favorite looks in a live auction.

Couture for a Cause is Saturday, Nov. 15, at 7 p.m., at Marbles Kids Museum, located at 201 E. Hargett St. in downtown Raleigh.

General admission tickets are $30 if purchased online by Friday, Nov. 14, or $35 at the door.

The event features silent and live auctions, hors d’oeuvres, cash bar and entertainment.  

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