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August 18, 2008
A sneak peek: Fashion at the fair


There's a whole lot more going on at the fair besides goats and deep-fried anything.

In fact, fashion will get some much-needed attention when the Natomas-based International Academy of Design & Technology previews its "The Night of 1,000 Gowns" on Tuesday and Wednesday inside Cal Expo Building 8.

The shows will debut some of the designs created by more than 100 IADT student designers. The real "The Night of 1,000 Gowns" show is Sept. 26.

On Tuesday and Wednesday there will be two previews - at 6:30 and 8:30 p.m. - hosted by Naima Mora, winner of Season 4 of "America's Next Top Model." If you'll recall, Naima also hosted the school's first-ever student fashion show back in March at the Crest Theatre.

The school is also partnering with the nonprofit organization The Clothes Off Our Back Foundation for a collection of celebrity apparel that will be on display during the run of the fair.

Some of the celeb attire includes Minnie Driver's Jimmy Choo Emmy shoes, America Ferrera's Golden Globe gown designed by Brian Reyes, Neil Patrick Harris's Dolce & Gabbana Emmy tie and Julia Louis-Dreyfus' Narcisco Rodriguez Emmy gown.

You can bid on these items and more by clicking here.

Of course, you can always grab a deep-fried White Castle burger between shows!

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