Fashion auction to raise money for Rose Charities

Kristen Thompson/Metro Vancouver


Dare to be bare International supermodel Noot Seear, in Vancouver yesterday, will be bare for charity tonight. She’s hosting and modelling in the Be Bare fashion auction at the Commodore Ballroom, where attendees will bid for the clothes right off the runway — and the models’ backs.

Noot Seear would give the clothes off her back to help someone in need.

And that’s just what she will do tonight for Be Bare, a fashion auction where 15 supermodels, sporting clothes donated by high-end designers, will strip to their skivvies in the name of charity.

The designers include Gravity Pope, Richard Kidd and Vera Wang.

The third annual event is raising money for Rose Charities — of which the model’s mother is director — an organization that provides relief in Third World countries.

“It’s very tongue-in-cheek,” said Seear, 23, of the show. “Everyone has bidding cards on the back of their pamphlet. Once a piece gets sold, it gets taken off.”

The Vancouver-raised supermodel spent much of her childhood following her aid worker parents around the world.

She said the show is, in part, her chance to give away the clothes she refused to part with as a child.

“When I was young in Guyana I had a chance to give one of my outfits to a child who lived up the river, who only had one shirt and one pair of shorts. I didn’t give it to him, and that’s always stuck with me — that guilt.”

She said growing up in a family so involved with relief work opened her eyes to a world we don’t often see in the West.

“And I saw a lot on the other end as a fashion model,” she said. “I saw the best hotels and glamour and wasted money, and I thought I had to do something.”

Be Bare takes place today at 8:30 p.m. at the Commodore Ballroom. Tickets are $30.

Noot Seear background

  • Noot Seear was 14 when she opened the Calvin Klein Show in New York. She also earned a record number of campaigns in her first year as a model.

  • She has worked in New York, Paris and Milan and has current campaigns with L’Oréal, Garnier, Vera Wang and Levis.

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