September 22, 2014

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Local fashion designer readies for runway show

Jevon Terance puts finishing touches on a pair of men's shorts that will be modeled in his upcoming fashion show at the Palace Theatre in Lorain. KRISTIN BAUER/CHRONICLE

Jevon Terance puts finishing touches on a pair of men’s shorts that will be modeled in his upcoming fashion show at the Palace Theatre in Lorain. KRISTIN BAUER/CHRONICLE

LORAIN — Local fashion designer Jevon Terance is bringing his clothing line to the Lorain Palace Theatre.

Terance, a lifelong resident of Lorain, taught himself to sew and started an independent fashion line in 2007. He previously has done shows in Akron, Cleveland and Elyria and said he tries to base his shows off of those that are held in top markets like New York City.

Terance said what started out as a yearning to do something fun soon turned into a dream to create a fashion landscape in the local area after his friends started asking him for his pieces to wear.

In 2008, Terance held his first show in the alley behind the former Uncle Vic’s Nightclub in Elyria.

“That was when I was into my first year of designing,” Terance said. “It was an outside of the box show with a street collection I was showcasing.”

Today Terance said he is making patterns on his own and has a larger collection of clothing.

“It’s a stronger collection,” Terance said. “I have a boutique downtown in Lorain now, make clothes for clients and the show will be much stronger.”

Terance will present 60 outfits, all made from scratch, that will be modeled by 30 people. One of those models is Benny Hernon, a native of Germany looking to find his place on the runway. Hernon, who is the nephew of one of Terance’s friends, said he jumped at the chance to come to the states and work with the budding designer.

“It’s a great opportunity for me to gain a new experience,” Hernon said. “It’s a good thing.”

Terance said his clothing line represents the diversity of Lorain.

“Since Lorain is the International City, we try to use models from all different backgrounds,” he said.

Terance will present “VII: A Fashion Show” Sunday at the Lorain Palace Theatre, 617 Broadway. Doors open at 6 p.m. and general admission is $15 in advance or $20 at the door. VIP seating with a pre-show reception is $30.

For more information, visit www.jevonterance.com, or call (440) 320-9337.

Contact Jon Wysochanski at 329-7123 or jwysochanski@chroniclet.com. Follow him on Twitter @JonWysochanski.