NEW YORK — Liz Grossman hopes to use fashion to raise money for a good cause.

Grossman, a Horace Mann High School sophomore and the daughter of Mindy Grossman, vice president of global apparel at Nike, has organized a fashion show for charity with the help of her friends.

“A very respected teacher, Andrew Taylor, moved to Africa to work for a school there,” Liz Grossman said. “Since he went there, we have kept in touch, and I’ve learned how devastating the AIDS epidemic is over there. It’s the worst and fastest-growing [AIDS] rate in the world. Our idea was to use something we really liked, which was fashion, to raise money for charity.”

Just this year, Grossman and her friends started Fashion Forward, a school club that uses fashion to raise money to help orphans with AIDS in Africa. So far, Fashion Forward has held a coat drive this winter, and it is Grossman’s hope that the fashion show at 7 p.m. April 21 at Pressure, 110 University Place in Manhattan, will raise $10,000 for a scholarship for an orphan with AIDS to attend Taylor’s school.

The show will feature designs from Elie Tahari, Heatherette, Tory Burch, Nike and Penguin. There will be a silent auction selling donated items from W Hotels, Bliss Spa, Salvatore Ferragamo and Judith Leiber, among others. Nike will also provide specially designed T-shirts, printed with the Fashion Forward logo, for sale at the event.

Invited adults are asked to pay $75 for tickets, or $80 at the door. Invited students are requested to pay $35, or $40.

“So many children are losing their futures because of this terrible disease,” Grossman said. “The least we can do is help.”

This story first appeared in the March 22, 2006 issue of WWD. Subscribe Today.

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