The striking crimson designs of PhilaU students Bianca De Pietro, Cecily Salinas and Nikki Enterline were the top winners in the 2010 Red Dress Competition sponsored by the American Heart Association.
De Pietro won first place for her hand-beaded and crocheted gown of silk, satin and organza and came from her “most creative” award-winning collection at the PhilaU Fashion Show. Salinas won second place and the People’s Choice award for her saucy and feminine flamenco dancing-inspired dress. Enterline, with her ‘50s-inspired cocktail dress with a modern silhouette, received third place.
The three top-winning designs were prominently displayed in Macy’s Center City window and modeled at the annual Go Red for Women luncheon event, which took place June 11 at Philadelphia’s Marriott Hotel.
The Philadelphia Go Red for Women luncheon and the red dress competition are designed to raise awareness of heart disease in women and raise funds for research and prevention.