Decked out in a duct tape suit and doily dress: Compassion through Fashion show Saturday

From duct tape to ping pong balls, people are dressing up for a unique fashion show to help the homeless. (Amanda Kinseth/WPDE)

An upcoming fashion show in Myrtle Beach might not feature designer brands, but it will feature some creative designers.

People are using anything from duck tape to ping pong balls to help the homeless.

Tommy Starling made an entire suit out of duct tape for the event.

"I have a 9-year-old daughter that loves crafty ideas, so she was making little duct tape purses," said Starling. "I thought, well it'd be a great idea to make a suit out of that."

And he won't be the only one decked out in duct tape this Saturday at the first ever 'Compassion Through Fashion' fashion show.

From baking cup costumes to doily dresses, contestants will take the stage in not so common clothing to raise money for New Directions of Horry County.

"Just the thought process of taking what you have and making with it what you can," said Starling, the event organizer for Compassion Through Fashion. "Everybody gets to a point in life where they know they have, to take what they have and work with it."

And some have next to nothing.

New Directions helps those people, the homeless, in our area.

The group provides a bed, meals and help finding a job to those who need it most.

"So often they are absolutely hopeless," said Kathy Jenkins, the executive director of New Directions of Horry County. "And we often say that by the time they come to us, they've lost their faith, their family and their friends, and we become the only people who are there to encourage them and give them that hope that they so desperately need."

Compassion Through Fashion is happening this Saturday at 7 p.m. at the Marriott Myrtle Beach Resort at Grande Dunes and all proceeds benefit the New Directions homeless shelters for men, women, and families in our area.

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