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Tuesday, February 07, 2023

The second annual Fashion for Freedom show, hosted at Ingenue Avenue, brought out Gainesville’s most fashionable to raise money for Project Rescue.

More than 40 fashion lovers and supporters participated in Saturday night’s charity fashion show to raise $400 for Project Rescue, which aids and restores victims of sexual slavery through Christ-centered ministry.

With more than 37 years of service, Project Rescue has helped more than 24,000 women and children.

Carla Coultas, the event coordinator, worked to bring awareness to Project Rescue while debuting a new collection.

“I have been working on the show in general for three months, and there were eight new pieces that went down the runway,” Coultas said.

She presented a women’s line of vibrant dresses that were well-received by the audience.

A stunning blue ombré ankle-length sundress took center stage of the runway and flowed effortlessly. A handcrafted periwinkle gem necklace set off the dress. The neckpiece, which was purposely placed on the model backwards, lengthen the model’s neck while showing the detail on the back of the dress.

“Carla is an extraordinary talent, and I don’t see problems for her becoming huge in the industry,” says Raven Rose, an attendee at the fashion show.

The event also featured a children’s clothing designer, Lily Tallerico, and jewelry designer, Bobby Fox.

Coultas’ collection can be seen on Her pieces will be auctioned off starting at $200, and all of the proceeds will go to Project Rescue.

[A version of this story ran on page 11 on 3/20/2014 under the headline "Fashion show raises funds for freedom"]

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