Back for its 15th year, next weekend two dozen young designers hit the stage at Pure Space for The Art Institute of Portland’s annual fashion show. (Yes, I am co-producer of the show and an adjunct at the school, so basically I’m incredibly biased when I tell you that you don’t want to miss this.)

Every year Ai puts on a grand fashion show with approximately 1,000 of their closest friends in attendance in what amounts to one of the largest runway shows in the Pacific Northwest. It’s a guaranteed good time of people watching, fun, and fashion. Plus, the show is a fundraiser for the Creative Art Scholarship fund that benefits all the majors at the college. Translation: you coming to check out hot outfits on the runway is helping pay for someone’s dream education.

As the print sponsor of the show, Portland Monthly has two fancy VIP tickets to give away. The VIP seats (that run a $100 a pop) include front row runway seating with a stuffed goody bag and entrance to the Portland Monthly VIP exclusive lounge where free drinks and appetizers flow while you rub elbows with the fashion scene’s Very Important People.

To enter, click to fill out this form. Winner chosen, Thursday May 30th at 5pm. The show sells out each year, so if you’re dying to go, best to snap up a ticket in advance. $20 general admission tickets include an actual chair and two drink tickets. How’s that for bang for your buck? To round out the evening, the street shuts down and food cart venues line up to offer snacks to the patrons not getting fed upstairs, while a silent auction also runs from 6:30 to 8 with a fabulous line up of items from local businesses.

Purchase tickets here, and see a preview of some of the upcoming collections in our slide show round up

Drawing the Line – The Art Institute Fashion Show
Saturday, June 1st, Silent Auction begins at 6pm
Tickets, $20 GA, $100 VIP – Purchase via TicketsWest 
Pure Space, 1315 NW Overton Street

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Image: Audrey Bell