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LJ Runway Monday: Design Your Heart Out (PR 7:4)

February 7th, 2010 (10:47 pm)

current mood: aware

On the most recent episode of Lifetime's Project Runway, the designers had to create their looks in partnership with Campbell Soup's campaign to raise awareness and funds for the American Heart Association’s "Go Red For Women" movement. Their models this week were heart disease survivors, whose stories the designers found inspirational. The women would be wearing their dresses to a gala event to benefit heart health. The designs also became part of Campbell's "AdDress Your Heart" campaign, which has enlisted top fashion designers for the last four years to create the red dresses that are now symbols of women’s heart health.

I was unable to find any of the Campbell Soup fabric that the designers were encouraged to incorporate into their designs, but I did use elements of Campbell Soup's logo.

According to Summer's agent, she was already booked for a photo shoot for another client. Translation:

No problem; I actually didn't want Summer for this design. Instead, I chose Tanya as my model. Tanya is named for a woman who I still think of as my little sister. Although her primary health problem isn't her heart, she has struggled with a life-threatening, chronic illness from a very young age. Her refusal to let health issues daunt her, along with her humor and common-sense approach to life, taught me lessons as a teenager that I still use every day. My design is a tribute to her and to all strong women who deal with health challenges.

I used a sheer crimson fabric, a gift from Lynne, to make the bodice and the ruffled skirt of Tanya's dress. I lined the bodice with a metallic gold fabric to add to its shimmering effect.

I also sewed Tanya's shimmery gold stockings. Her shoes are a gift from Mark G. Harris, on loan from Timothy J. Lambert.

The gold band at the top of the bodice mimics the gold used in Campbell's Soup labeling. A simple garnet necklace is Tanya's only jewelry.

From the shifting waves of the bodice's gold lining to the rolling ruffles of the skirt, the design is meant to suggest vibrant movement.

Definitely ready for a gala event!

Thank you again to all the women who inspire me. See you next time on the runway!

For my previous looks:
PR 7:3--The Highs and Lows of Fashion
PR 7:2--The Fashion Farm
PR 7:1--Back to New York


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