A fashion show benefiting the Down Syndrome Association of Central Oklahoma recently was held in connection with Edmond North High School’s BALTO Week.
BALTO stands for Bring A Light To Others. Each year, Edmond North students raise funds to benefit a cause. This year, the Down Syndrome Association of Central Oklahoma was chosen.
The fashion show, which was held in conjunction with the students’ fundraising efforts, showcased 21 models with Down syndrome to celebrate the third replication of the 21st chromosome and highlight the beauty of Down syndrome, a news release stated. Each model was accompanied by an Edmond North student as they took turns walking the runway.
Models wore local, handmade fashion by NASH Engineered Fashion. Fashion designer Tamra Gould, who founded the clothing company, has a heart for raising awareness and funds to help individuals with Down syndrome.
“When I was 6 years old, my brother, Trafford, was born and diagnosed with Down syndrome. Since then, DSACO has been a huge support system for my family. After hearing that Edmond North BALTO chose DSACO as their nonprofit recipient, and there would be a fashion show as one of the fundraising events, my husband and I wanted NASH Fashion to be involved in some way,” Gould said.
Gould handmade an outfit tailored for each model in the fashion show, including her brother Trafford, who has been an inspiration throughout her career.
“Trafford has been my muse since before I even knew that I wanted to be a designer. Not only has he modeled for numerous photoshoots, but his artwork has been an inspiration for several designs. We have plans for an upcoming collection, featuring his original artwork.”
The NASH Engineered Fashion outfits were designed for all abilities.