About the Shows

2017 Models 

 

Deann Patina – Fair Oaks Farms
Sue Reed – Crossroads Chamber of Commerce
Erica Dombey – Regional Development Company 504
Crystal Melton – NiSource
Janelle St. John – Edgewater Health
Karen Freeman-Wilson – Mayor of the City of Gary

Karen Lauerman – Lake County Indiana Economic Alliance
Lori Postma – Franciscan Health
Mara Candelaria Reardon – Indiana House of Representatives
Katie Holderby – South Shore Convention and Visitor’s Authority
Dr . Janet Seabrook – Communty HealthNet
Jeanyne Davis – Urban League of Northwest Indiana
Joy Holliday – Gary For Life
Monique Reuiz – Hammond Chamber of Commerce
Robert Buggs – National Association for the Advancement of Colored People
 

 

*This list will be updated as models are confirmed for the event.

 

 

 

 

Behind The Scenes

 Fashion Show Producer

Kathy Friend is a nationally known Stylist and Image Consultant, President of the Style & Image Institute, and founder of ROCK! What You’ve Got. Her experience spans nearly 20 years and includes projects for Redbook Magazine, Wal-Mart and Kenmore. She has been a part of several ventures in Hollywood, has styled for red carpet awards shows and trained with Stacy London from the famed television show “What Not to Wear”. She writes for several magazines and is often featured on radio and television programs as a fashion expert.

Kathy’s clients include political campaigns, universities and corporations throughout the country; however, the heartbeat of her business continues to be upping the style and image factor for moms, business owners and entrepreneurs.

Through the Style and Image Institute, Kathy trains and certifies others who want to be personal stylists. Her ROCK! What You’ve Got program celebrates the inner and outer beauty of girls 8 to 108!

When asked what she does, Kathy says: “I pride myself as a fashion therapist and am convinced the right pair of shoes CAN change your life…and I can’t wait to prove it to you!”

Kathy is from Northern Indiana and currently resides in South-Central Indiana. Her most impressive title is ‘Mom’ to a teenage daughter, and fiancé to Dave.

The first Little Black Dress took place in South Bend in 2007 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.
At the heart of the Little Black Dress is still the 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…!