Beau Monde students design in support of Project Pink

by Adrienne Harlow

On Wednesday September 26, The Central Indiana Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure and Bella Vita are hosting the first annual Project Pink Fashion Show. This exciting and highly anticipated event has beautiful garments made by The Beau Monde fashion students from the Art Institute of Indianapolis.  Amy Wilson, one of the fashion students said, “I have been affected closely with breast cancer. My aunt passed away from breast cancer in 2009. She battled through this for over a year before passing at the young age of 64. It was a very difficult thing for me to see and heartbreaking for her to endure.  This fashion show means a lot to me. It’s not only giving a fashion show to the public, but it also helps promote the Susan G. Komen foundation further. And if this helps promote further research to find a cure, them I’m more than happy to do all that I can.”

These students have designed new outfits and handbags from repurposed Race for the Cure apparel. Their designs will be modeled by local survivors and co-survivors, as well as local celebrity models like, Rachel Bogle, Radio Host with Rachel and Kyle on 100.9, Host of “The Main Attraction” on IMC-TV (WNDI), 2011 Playboy’s International Girl of Golf, Nikki Reed, and afternoon host on WPZL 99.5 as well as Leslie Bailey, a writer for the Indianapolis Star and Lesalina.com.

Emceeing the event will be Tom Britt- On-Air personality at WZPL. Owner at Britt Interactive LLC. Publisher at atGeist.com and atCarmel.com. Started Geist Half Marathon Inc.  But the celebrity appearances won’t stop there.  These unique designs will be judged by a panel of celebrity judges which include, Pat Carlini, former news anchor for Channel 13 Eyewitness news, former member of Bob & Tom show, and currently a writer/speaker/voice and on-camera talent.  Ann Craig-Cinnamon who has been in radio and television broadcasting for 30 years.  She is currently owner/vp at Cinnamon Enterprises.   Among the celebrity judges is Heather MacWilliams, Fox 59 reporter and Vern Fleming who played for the Pacers for 11 years and 1 year for the New Jersey Nets.  He also won an Olympic gold medal in college for basketball.  Lastly, The “Sisters of Savings” Courtney Cole and Monica Peck-co-owners of Hare Chevrolet are the final judges for this event. The garments that have been created will then be auctioned, with 100% of the purchase being donated to Komen Central Indiana.

This is the first year for the Project Pink and the employees at Komen and the volunteers are very excited about this new and trendy fundraiser, they have been planning and organizing for months. The tickets for the events are just $20 donation online in advance or at the door.  Tickets include appetizers, entry into the fashion show, and live entertainment.  There are also VIP cabanas that seat 10 to 15 people but because of the popular demand and anticipation of this event there is only one cabana left!

The Central Indiana Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure pride themselves on their fundraising and the women that they locally support.  From Project Pink, 75% stays local to help Hoosier women in need of breast health screenings, diagnostics and treatment assistance.  This means that local women in Indiana will have the chance to be properly diagnosed and treated for this disease.  It gives them a chance of early detection, which increases their chances of beating this disease.  The other 25% goes to the global Komen Research Grants Program seeking the causes, improved treatments and cures for breast cancer.

Bethany Hughes, another fashion student knows how important this money being raised is after her cousin was diagnosed with breast cancer.  She said, “I have known breast cancer as a disease that happens to other people, until about a year ago my cousin got the news she had breast cancer. Watching her go through one of life’s toughest challenges without complaining or feeling sorry for herself, just fighting on and living everyday to the fullest was one of the most amazing things I have ever seen.  This fashion show is important to me because, any chance to help fight any sort of cancer is one you can’t turn down. I am honored to help out and excited for a fun event!”

The students spent weeks creating these garments, and the models are excited to show off what they have created.  These students took old race t-shirts and came up with some amazing garments that express their inspiration.  Amy said, “With anything, I gather inspiration from multiple social elements, such as movies, music, events, and even social occurrences. The feelings that each evokes is what I transfer into my designs. So for Project Pink, I took in inspiration from all the people who battle breast caner and the courageous empowerment they have. I also wanted to evoke the beauty of women, so I incorporated some style vibes from the 1950’s, as well as, the 1920’s.”

Bethany gets her inspiration from designers like, Madame Marie Gerber. “I think she made interesting use of extra fabric that made the garments interesting and detailed.”  When asked if she had any difficulty creating her garment and manipulating the design she said, “Making a garment is a puzzle. You always have to sit back and think about how the pieces will fit together and how you will need to sew it together. There have been many a times of sewing the whole thing together or sewing around the wrong way. Making the scarves work with the jersey and under stitch across different fabrics was difficult, but it was a good learning experience, as is anytime you make a garment really. It got frustrating at times, but luckily, I like puzzles a lot!”

Project Pink is on Wednesday, September 26th at Bella Vita at the Marina.  Doors open at 6 p.m., program and fashion show begins at 7:30 p.m.  For information and to purchase advance tickets go to: http://www.komenindy.org/project-pink.html

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