NEW YORK – Wearing colorful outfits and high-heeled shoes, a group of senior citizens took to the red carpet Friday at a New York City senior centre’s third annual fashion show.
Some of the models at the Carter Burden/Leonard Covello Senior Program’s fashion show wore outfits they had made in the centre’s sewing class.
Rachel Oddman was met with roaring applause and cheers as she strutted down the red carpet at the senior centre in Manhattan’s East Harlem neighbourhood in an outfit she created herself. Others, like Ruth Isaac, wore more traditional outfits. She modeled a Calvin Klein outfit that she altered.
“The joy of a fashion show like this is that it celebrates beauty at any age,” said William Dionne, the centre’s executive director.
Before the seniors took to the runway, they shared laughs together as they had their makeup done by volunteers from Macy’s.
The senior centre provides meals, day trips, computer training and other services. It also helps clients apply for government benefits and access medical care.