Susan G. Komen Project Pink 2017
Filed under: Fashion
September 21, 2017
A perfect summer evening hosted an amazing and historical evening for the 2017 Susan G. Komen Project Pink Fashion Show. The 7th annual fundraiser at the Regions Tower Rooftop, managed by JPS Events, was a success in so many ways. The amount raised—over $53,000—was the most gathered at this event. The material of the winning dress was a first. And the designers had the opportunity to create for real-life super women.
The Art Institute of Indianapolis Fashion Design (BS) students were grateful to once again be a part by spending their summer break designing for the special models of Project Pink. Every model was either a survivor or co-survivor of breast cancer. Their stories and strength displayed on the runway complimented the garments. Every garment was created from leftover race shirts and, this year, even banners. “My boss pulled out the old start and finish banners and asked if they could be used,” said Carley O’Connor, Development Manager for Susan G. Komen Central Indiana. “I had no idea a whole garment could be made from vinyl banners.”
Not only was a garment made from the banners, but it won the best in show. Designer Bryana Slisher manipulated the vinyl to create a stunning garment and she put more than her skills into it. “I was honored to participate in Project Pink. My grandma is a breast cancer survivor, so my life, like many others, has been affected by this disease.”
Slisher jumped at the chance to work with the unique vinyl material. “I saw an opportunity to make shapes that are otherwise very difficult to achieve with most fabrics. I took advantage of the way that the vinyl could be made to stand away from the body and created a large, bell-shaped skirt.” Slisher’s model, Adrienne Harlow, looked dazzling as the dress fit her and her personality well. “I was very happy to have designed something that fit my model’s aesthetic so well.”
Student Designers from left to right: Courtney Hampton, Anne-Marie Weidner, Katherine Grubb, Kristal Lopez, LaVondra Sanders, Smriti Sahi, Brandi McDill
All the designers' garments were smashing on the runway. From blocking, to mermaid style to sewn-on applique, the students did not disappoint. Smriti Sahi designed two garments and even brought her sewing machine to the event to make last-minute alterations. “I am proud of our students and thankful for this industry experience while giving back to our community for such a great cause,” said Gary Stephens, Fashion Advisor. “We look forward to future opportunities with Susan G. Komen and Project Pink."
There were many Art Institute of Indianapolis staff who were in attendance to support our students. Our own President, Wendy Butler, was a judge along with Fox 59’s Ray Cortopassi and WZPL’s Nikki Reed. “I am so proud of our students and the staff that guided them. The designs were unique, creative and trendy, complementing the inspiring models. We appreciate Susan G. Komen for the opportunity to give back to our community and hopefully instill this important virtue in our students.”
The designers and their models in their garments: