Three fashion designers won awards at the 2011 Red Dress Design Competition sponsored by the American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women campaign.
Christina Brzozowski won first place for her design (pictured below on the left). Caitlin Quirk won the second place and popular choice awards, and Kim DiPrete took the third place prize.
The American Heart Association sponsors several events each year to promote heart health awareness for women. Philadelphia University is the only school to put on an annual event, which is set up as a design competition open to junior and senior fashion design majors. This year’s contest was held at Trust in Center City Philadelphia. NBC10 meteorologist and 10! Show host Bill Henley served as the commentator for the evening.
A total of 18 garments were selected by a jury as finalists for the contest. Professional models from the Wilhemena Modeling Agency donated their time to model the dresses at the event. The dresses were modeled in an open atrium at Trust alongside their student designers.
Brzozowski’s first place design was inspired by a red mineral crystal. The design combines a clean and circular hand-tucked bodice sewn from silk shantung paired with a bias cut silk chiffon skirt with frayed edges. The concept was to mirror the accidental beauty of nature and translate it into an elegant, yet understated, gown.
Quirk’s design was inspired by artist Tara Donovan and her interpretation of movement. The long, flowing design features 9,941 cut out taffeta circles, which she sewed by hand onto the gown in a manner that evokes movement throughout the silhouette.
DiPrete was inspired by the beauty of wilting roses in designing her dress. The interplay between the red of the charmuse represents the fresh and perfect rose while black lace pieces are used to show the wilting petals.
The winning dresses will also be displayed at the Go Red for Women Luncheon on Friday, May 20 and in the Center City Macy’s Go Red window from May 23 to 27.