In March 2013, Violets' Giving Circle (formerly MSCF) hosted a music-themed fashion show, "Fashion Through Music" at the Avalon theatre in Hollywood. The Marlborough community came together to enjoy food, a silent auction, and several musical performances by Max Schneider, singer-songwriter and star in Nickelodeon show "How to Rock," and Marlborough student Nicki Black '13. Students designed and modeled outfits based on specific genres of music such as Indie, Punk and Country. 


Fashion Through music

Violets' giving circle (formerly mscf) 1st ever fashion show

After completing Dollars and Sense, a program on financial literacy, planning, management, and giving, a group of Marlborough juniors and seniors was inspired to utilize their knowledge and create a philanthropic organization on their own. On April 22, 2007, Violets' Giving Circle's (formerly MSCF) held our first fundraiser which brought the entire school community together by creating a fashion show that featured student designs and models (as well as teachers!) Designers were given a specific budget to buy materials in order to create new outfits and designs. Categories included putting in a spin on the school's uniform, "Pretty in Pink", as well as using recycable items to create something new. It proved to be a huge success, raising about $30,000.


In 2011, Violets' Giving Circle (formerly MSCF) hosted a fashion show, "Decked Out Through the Decades" at the Wilshire Ebell on March 13th. The fashion show consisted of designs inspired by different time periods through fashion history. We will honor the fashion of the 1920s, 1950s, 1960s, 1980s, and 2010s.


Castle's Molly Quinn
Calista Flockhart
Former Miss Universe Dayanara Torres
Fashion Designer Monique Lhuillier
Jennifer Nicholson '81
Julie Bowen
Nadio Maxwell, the J Crew Shopper 

Decked out through the decades

Breakfast At Tiffany's

In 2012, Violets' Giving Circle (formerly MSCF) presented an exclusive screening of "Breakfast at Tiffany's" at the Harmony Gold Preview House on March 11. With a live and silent auctions, breakfast for dinner, and the classic glamour of Audrey Hepburn, the event gathered Marlborough School students, their families, and teachers to honor the classic movie, "Breakfast at Tiffany's." Live and silent auctions included pearl necklaces, parking spots, vacation accommodations, and "Hunger Games" tickets.

On March 1st 2015, Violets' Giving Circle hosted a fashion show at the Ebell on Wilshire with the theme of "Paris Spring/Summer Fashion Week 2015." Girls from Marlborough School and guest designers contributed to a fun night filled with silent and live auction items, entertainment from musicians Josiah Hawley, Ryan Beatty, Gwen Snyder (from the class of 2016) and delicious food.

In 2010, the Marlborough community joined Violets' Giving Circle (formerly MSCF) for a cultural tour of "Around the World." Bringing together all of the elements from previous events that included fashion and talent showcasing, 2010's event celebrated the cultural diversity not only within our community, but also in the world. Attendees were given a "passport" as they savored food from different countries and then entered an evening of various performances. Professional dancers and musicians ranging from African drummers to Latin American Folkloric dancers provided entertainment for the entire community. Students participated by designing and modeling outfits influenced by a specific country, while others showcased their musical or dancing abilities. Silent and live auction items included vacation accomodations, brunches and dinners at gourment restaurants, services such as tutoring and home decoration, and tickets to Disneyland and a variety of concerts. 

An international affair

Puttin' on the ritz

The Puttin' on the Ritz event was held at the Ebell of Los Angeles in 2008.  The event included a Talent Show of student performers.  The Talent Show consisted of acts such as singing, dancing, playing an instrument and stand up comedy.  The Puttin' on the Ritz event also included both a Live and Silent auction.  Some of the items included int he silent auction were tennis lessons, a signed Gossip Girl script from the "Pilot" episode and tutoring lessons.  Live auction items included a weekend stay at a condo in Mazatlan Mexico, a 5 day, 4 night stay in a condo in Mammoth Lakes, California and the biggest ticket item, an 8 week-old golden retriever puppy named Gus.  The event included celebrity judges such as Katie Segal and also Jamie Lee Curtis as an MC.  Other celebrities in attendance included Camilla Bell, a former Marlborough student.  The Puttin' on the Ritz event was extremely successful and raised over $35,000.

In 2009, Violets' Giving Circle (formerly MSCF) wanted to help increase awareness of environmental sustainability and therefore decided to host a "green" fashion show at the Wilshire Ebell. Marlborough students were asked to create unique designs through the usage of renewable materials. The night was filled with a wide range of designs made from tape to newspaper.  Celebrities in attendance included actress/model and Marlborough Alumni Camilla Belle '05, and judges included Project Runway's Season 4 contestant Kathleen Vaughn, also known as Sweet P, among others. The event was hosted by Greek's Jacob Zachar. Silent auction items ranged from fashion jewelry to dinner with Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa.



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