Sunday, June 20, 2010

Mary Collen's Project Red Dress Report

I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE getting emails from my Expo friends about projects they're working on -- or other sewing/design events they attend. Mary Collen is the official "Expo Style Show Manager" -- and works behind the scenes making sure that our six FREE style shows a day go off without a hitch.

Mary is an accomplished seamstress -- and won last year's "Project Everyday" sewing challenge sponsored by Linda Lee and Bernina. Here's a picture of Mary and her daughter London -- right before our Pink & Red event...

Mary and London recently attended the "Red Dress" event in Seattle -- with the fabulous Nick Verreos, who was a Season 4 Project Runway finalist. Here's a picture of London and Nick...

Mary writes, "The event worked like this. Twelve aspiring designers were chosen from area design schools -- International Academy of Design and Technology, Art Institute of Seattle, New York Fashion Academy, Seattle Central Community College, Seattle Pacific University and Washington State University The students chose $200.00 worth of fabric, provided by Nancy's Sewing Basket. They had 16 hours (working four Saturdays) to create the gowns in the workrooms of IADT. The winning dress will be featured in a window display at Luly Yang's downtown Seattle shop, and in the pages of Seattle Met and `elise Magazine. The winner will also get a design internship with Luly Yang and a $3000.00 scholarship to IADT. The tickets were $75 for prime runway seating and a swag bag. London and I were treated to VIP seating as we were there on behalf of Sewing Machine Service (where I work) -- one of the main sponsors."
Here's a picture of Mary with sounds like a FABULOUS EVENT...thanks so much for the report!!

This was the third annual Project Red Dress created by Monir Zandghorieshi, Program Chair, Fashion Design and Fashion Merchandising programs, International Academy of Design and Technology.

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