April 27 2011 12:00 AM

Luke Anthony Pline believes one Little Black Dress can make a big difference





From Audrey Hepburn in “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” to Demi Moore in “Indecent Proposal,” the little black dress has always been a fashion staple.

In the eyes of Luke Anthony Pline of Luke Anthony Photography, it can be more than just a symbol of stylishness.

His Little Black Dress Gala and Fundraiser at the Old Town Temple Building Thursday is a fundraiser for the Oldham Project, which provides free photographic portraits to people suffering from life-threatening illnesses.

Photographer Terri Shaver started the organization two years ago after breast cancer claimed the lives of two of her sisters.

Pline is showcasing his work at the event, which raises money for the Oldham Project’s new program, Kourageous Kids, focused on children battling diseases.

The portraits have a common thread, but each one shot is unique, Pline said.

“Pretty much every woman has a little black dress. But they’re all going to accessorize it differently. They feel good about themselves, and I get some great images.”

Pline said the Oldham Project speaks to his experience because his mother fought breast cancer and his aunt died of brain cancer that began as breast cancer. “I understand how important to take a portrait before a family memberdies.”

More than 70 portraits will be on display and still-life studies by Pline will be auctioned during the event. The live auction is run by auctioneer Bob Howe; a silent auction is also planned for items and packages donated by artists and merchants.

The mistress of ceremonies for the evening is Shelley Davis Mielock, co-host of WJIM-AM’s “In Her Shoes” show.

Attendees are encouraged to wear — what else? — little black dresses or suits.

Little Black Dress Gala and Fundraiser

7 p.m.-11 p.m. (Doors open at 6:30 p.m.)

Thursday, April 28

8 p.m. live auction; silent auction closes at 8:30 p.m.

Old Town Temple Building, lower level, 500 E. Grand River Ave., Lansing