ecc_2014-300dpi-photo-james-pickett.tiffSaratoga Springs, N.Y. - The Capital Region's largest, original juried runway fashion extravaganza will be happening April 26 in the Spa City.

Electric City Couture and Universal Preservation Hall are proud to present the "5th Annual Electric City Couture Fashion Show-Saratoga Edition," featuring both established and up-and-coming regional fashion designers in a juried, pure runway experience. The evening will showcase signature collections of six regional designers and will include roughly 55 male and female models on the runway. Targeted proceeds from this year's show will go to the ongoing restoration work of Historic Universal Preservation Hall, a year-round arts and community events venue located at 25 Washington St. in Saratoga Springs. "Universal Preservation Hall is a beautiful venue to showcase Upstate New York's burgeoning fashion scene," said Dorothy ‘Teddy" Foster, director of Universal Preservation Hall. The annual ECC event began its life at Proctors in Schenectady, which also partners with UPH.  The GE Theatre at Proctors provided a high tech atmosphere coupled with a party vibe. UPH will do the same, but with a touch of old world glamour. "We're thrilled to see Electric City Couture expanding beyond Schenectady, and working with our partners at Universal Preservation Hall, in Saratoga Springs," said Proctors CEP Philip Morris. "Corey Aldrich and his team share our vision for creating and supporting arts within the community. Their growth is our growth. Why shouldn't the Capital Region become a new capital of fashion?" Regional designers participating in the show include: Kim Vanyo of Khymanyo Studios (Saratoga Springs); ‘eko logic (Troy); Jane Wilson Marquis (Putnam Valley); Behida Millinery (Hudson); Kristina Collins Clothing (Saratoga); and Gamakache Black by Margaret Persaud (Brooklyn) A new addition to this year's show format will be the ability to "Buy It Off The Runway" in a retail sales area that will be available after the show on Saturday for show attendees, and on Sunday, April 27 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. for the general public. This year's show will be a partnership between Proctors, Universal Preservation Hall and Electric City Couture. It is designed to highlight the strengths of the regional creative economy. The Honorary Chair for the event is Julie Bonacio. Electric City Couture is a 2440 Design Studio production. Live DJ music will be provided by Albany-based, Nate da Great. A special entertainment segment is yet to be announced. Event tickets can be purchased in advance (beginning April 1) through the Box Office at Proctors, 432 State Street, Schenectady; by calling (518) 346-6204; or online at: and Ticket Cost for General Admission : $15 Special seating is available to media and fashion industry professionals including independent boutique owners with RSVP. Contact: Partnership support will be provided by Proctors. This year's show is sponsored in part through the generous contributions of Sonny and Julie Bonacio, Keeler Mercedes, Skinny Girl Vodka and Lifestyles of Saratoga. Founded in Schenectady in 2010, Electric City Couture is designed to celebrate the art of fashion, providing a platform to exhibit up-and-coming designers of the Northeast. Since its inception, the fashion organization has hosted events through New York's greater Capital Region. Combining entertainment and serious fashion business, the event showcases Signature Collections from up and coming Fashion Designers. It is also a regional showcase for aspiring Models, Jewelry and Accessory Designers and Hair and Makeup professionals. Designed by architect Elbridge Boyden, and built in 1871, Universal Preservation Hall is one of the earliest examples of High Victorian Gothic architecture anywhere in the country. Its 129-foot steeple, with a giant Meneely bell forged in Troy, N.Y., is one of Saratoga Springs' highest spires. The building is located in one of Saratoga Springs' National Historic Districts. In 1999, in recognition of its significance, the building was designated an "Official Project of Save America's Treasures" by The White House Millennium Council. In 2006, it received nearly $200,000 from the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Because of its importance, many luminaries attended, spoke or preached in the Hall including Theodore Roosevelt, William Jennings Bryan, Henry Ward Beecher, Frederick Douglass and William Howard Taft. The building was formerly known as the Universal Baptist Church, a historically African-American congregation. This unique association with the church provides an on-going connection with this under-served population. PUBLICITY IMAGES For high resolution publicity images, visit: Additional publicity images can be provided upon request. FOR INFORMATION, visit: Contact: Corey Aldrich, 518-928-4622 |


Michael Eck II Broadway Public Relations Liaison Proctors & Capital Repertory Theatre 518.382.3884, ext. 181