Designer Kaypee Soh had no problem saying yes when asked to be one of the co-producers of this year’s “Goodwill Goes GLAM!” fundraiser running Thursday through July 23 at the Blaisdell Exhibition Hall.
Raised in the minimalist Buddhist culture of Malaysia, he experienced some culture shock when he left his home country to study graphic design in London.
“My parents paid for my education, but food and clothing were secondary, so I used thrift shops and flea markets a lot as a student, learning how to put together an outfit,” he said.
In the process, Soh developed an eye for fashion, learning how to spot quality and adopting the philosophy that the way we put together clothing is an art, and in wearing clothing we become walking pieces of art. He said he still enjoys looking for fun thrift and vintage pieces that spark his imagination, whether speaking to him through color, print or the romance of another era.
“Many trends only last for a moment, but true fashion withstands the test of time,” he said, a theme for the “GLAM!” fashion show taking place 7 p.m. Thursday (tickets are priced at $25 and avaialble at higoodwill.org/glam, or $30 at the door).
Soh said there will be five segments, each capturing a specific time period and reflecting the theme “Art of Fashion.” Looks will incorporate fashion, accessories and household goods off the racks and shelves of Goodwill stores.
The “GLAM!” sale runs 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free.