LBD Fashion Show in South Bend

Behind the Scenes of a Fashion Show

Have you ever wondered what really happens behind the curtain of a runway fashion show? From the stage, it seems like all the lights and glitter mean the entire production is very glamorous.  Here, I give you an insight to what the weeks leading up to the show really look like.

Glamorous meals in my car as I head to the first Model call


Model calls throughout Michiana to choose the ladies who will be on the runway


Hours at my desk organizing model information and pouring over fashion magazines to find looks I want to recreate on the runway
Welcome to my car closet! Also my car kitchen…and car office.
Racks of clothes as far as the eye can see
Busy Bees working to get everything ready for the show

Behind the scenes…pulling model looks from nearly 100 racks of clothing, thousands of pieces of jewelry, hundreds of handbags and pairs of shoes.

Dozens of boxes of shoes


Do you like designer bags? You’ll probably see these in the show


And like magic, a fashion show is ready for the runway!

LBD Fashion Show Tickets!

Tickets for the Goodwill Fashion Show in South Bend are NOW on sale. And, they are going FAST!

This year’s show is presented by First State Bank and will be held at the Century Center in downtown South Bend. Our list of sponsors grows daily; we would love to include your business on that distinguished list! To find out more information about sponsorships, please visit the Fashion Show Web Site.

The History of the LBD

The first Little Black Dress took place in South Bend a few years ago as a small gathering of Goodwill friends who enjoyed food, fashion and fun!  Most importantly, the mission of Goodwill Industries was shared with all who attended the event.   What began as a modest event has grown into a bi-annual gala with a spring event held in South Bend, Indiana and a fall show in Merrillville, Indiana.

The Heart of the LBD

At the heart of the Little Black Dress is our focus on honoring those individuals and companies who are a part of the Goodwill Mission of strengthening communities and empowering individuals and families through Education, Training and Job Placement.

And the shopping is great!

This year, nearly 20 models will grace the runway in a variety of amazing looks created by the team at The Style & Image Institute, under the direction of Lead Stylist, Kathy Friend. For months, the stylist team has been hard at work pulling together looks that represent the latest trends.

We are fortunate to welcome the following pros to help everyone on the stage look their most amazing best:

Kerri Spencer, lead hair stylist

Rachal Opaczewski, senior Makeup Artist

Clawdia Murray, Makeup Artist

You’ll recognize some of the faces you will see on the catwalk including some local celebrities. Deb Miles from B100 will be back with us again this year. Deb has been a mainstay for this show, making her runway debut at the very first LBD show.

Bob Montgomery from WSBT TV will also join us again. Bob has become accustom to tapping into his inner Super Model and is always a crown favorite.

Cari Peugeot from WSBT will act as co-host; and although she’s not officially a model, she will be showing off some of GW’s finest ensembles!

Cindy Kilgore

Cindy Kilgore is new to the runway this year. After spending the last 31 years serving our community as a South Bend Police officer. it’s time for her to get in touch with her inner diva as a runway model. Cindy also serves as a member of the Goodwill Industries of Michiana Board of Directors.

mark your calendars…

Thursday – April 25th, 2019

Boutique Opens:  10:00am – 11:30am
Luncheon and Fashion Show:  11:30am – 1:00pm
Boutique Reopens:  1:00pm – 3:00pm

Tickets and more information is available HERE

Fashion Show Model Call

model call for South Bend LBD coming soon!

The model call for the South Bend Goodwill LBD is soon! Interested in being a model for the Little Black Dress Fashion Show? In the coming days, we will announce the dates for the model calls in Granger and Elkhart. All interested models must attend one of the model call events.

This is a volunteer casting for the Goodwill Little Black Dress Fashion Show & Boutique in South Bend.

Thursday, April 25th is the date of the show. The venue is the Century Center in downtown South Bend. Get tickets NOW by clicking this link.

Be up to date by being a part of the Little Black Dress fan club on Facebook.

Little Black Dress Fashion Show


We have just over a week until the big Little Black Dress Fashion Show & Boutique in Schererville, IN.  Tickets are quickly selling out – get yours NOW!

Show info and to purchase tickets:

Little Black Dress Fashion Show, what’s all the buzz?


Have you been wondering what all the buzz is about the South Bend Little Black Dress Fashion Show & Boutique?  Watch this short video, and then go to and get your tickets to this year’s event!

Thursday, April 12th

Century Center

Goodwill Little Black Dress Fashion Show Merrillville, IN – November 1st

Do you have your tickets yet for the  Little Black Dress Fashion Show and Boutique in Merrillville, IN?

Wednesday –  November 1, 2017

Avalon Manor Banquet Center
3550 East Lincoln Highway
Merrillville, IN 46410

Boutique Hours:
3:30 pm – 5:30 pm
6:30 pm – close

Fashion Show:
5:30 pm

Hors d’oeuvres and Cash Bar – Before and After the Show

See YOU there!

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Models Wanted for Little Black Dress Fashion Show!

I can’t believe it is that time of year again!  I’m gearing up to head out on the road searching for the next amazing group of ladies that will grace the runway at the 2016 Little Black Dress Fashion Show & Boutique in Merrillville, IN!

I know many of you have been anxious to know when the open calls will be held, so without further adieu – here is the info!

Hope to see YOU there!


Little Black Dress Fashion Show & Boutique Warsaw…behind the scenes

Hi Everyone! 

Maxin and I have been busy pulling outfits and styling looks for the 20 models you’ll see on the runway at the Little Black Dress Fashion Show & Boutique in Warsaw on Thursday, September 22.

We thought we’d give you a sneak peek into the behind the scenes of the show. We like to call this our ‘managed chaos’!  We’ve pulled together 60 looks for this year’s event. On the runway, be sure to look for that 70’s-80’s influence in the trends. Also take note of the “pumpkin spice” and “bodacious” colors in the outfits.

This is going to be an amazing event that not only supports Goodwill Industries of Michiana, but also the arts through Wagon Wheel Center for the Arts.  Can’t wait to see YOU at the show, and show you how all this chaos becomes an amazingly styled event!

See you soon!

Little Black Dress Fashion Show & Boutique – Warsaw, IN

Join us on September 22 in Warsaw, IN
for the  
Little Black Dress
Fashion Show & Boutique


Goodwill Industries of Michiana has once again partnered with the Wagon Wheel Center for the Arts to bring the Warsaw community a one-of-a-kind event.

Enjoy sips, snacks and a fashion show featuring some of your favorite community leaders. And, of course, don’t miss the amazing finds in the LBD Boutique!

Purchase Tickets HERE

Can’t wait to see YOU at the Little Black Dress Fashion Show & Boutique in Warsaw!