By  on January 6, 2005

NEW YORK — Student fashion designers at the Katherine Gibbs School here are putting on a runway show to benefit the dance program K Company at the Kips Bay Boys & Girls Club.

“Our goal is to dance in Puerto Rico,” said Douglas McNeil, director of performing arts at the club and coordinator of the fashion show.

“We’re hoping to raise money to fund the trip.” K Company is the dance troupe at which Jennifer Lopez got her start.

The fashion show will take place Jan. 29 and 30 at the Kips Bay Boys & Girls Club auditorium at 1930 Randall Avenue in The Bronx.

This is the third annual fashion show hosted by the Kips Bay Boys & Girls Club. For the past two years, they’ve collaborated with the Fashion Institute of Technology, but McNeil said they were looking forward to opening the show to other schools and hoped, as the tradition carried on, to get more fashion schools involved.

Roughly 20 to 25 students in the Fashion Design and Merchandising program at the Katherine Gibbs School will design clothes that fit into this year’s “Winter’s Dream” theme. Seventy boys and girls from the club will model the clothes.

The fashion show is a fund-raiser for the club, which provides after-school and enrichment programs for nearly 9,000 underprivileged young people between the ages of six and 18. The show is open to the public and tickets cost $12.

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