PhilaU Fashion Design Students Rule the Red Dress Runway

Models display PhilaU student fashion designs at the annual red dress fashion show sponsored by the American Heart Association at the Mütter Museum.

Models show PhilaU student designs at the annual American Heart Association’s red dress fashion show at the Mütter Museum.

Philadelphia University student fashion designers rocked the runway at the annual red dress fashion show sponsored by the American Heart Association on April 22 at the Mütter Museum.

Three winning designs selected by a panel of judges will be featured at the Association’s Go Red for Women Luncheon on May 13 and will be prominently displayed in a Macy’s Center City window at a later date.

A belted gown with lacy top by Sydney White was selected as both the first-place and people’s choice winner. “I’m ecstatic,” she said. “I’m grateful to have this opportunity to have my dress in the show.”

A deep wine-colored gown with a midriff cut-out by Lori Petrashune was the second-place winner and a flowing gown with a delicate lace-appliqued top by Maria D’Agostino won third place. Petrashune and D’Agostino are studying abroad in Rome this semester.

The three winning red dresses (left to right) were designed by students Maria D’Agostino, Sydney White and Lori Petrashune.

The three winning red dresses (left to right) were designed by students Maria D’Agostino, Sydney White and Lori Petrashune.

In all, 21 stunning student designs in various shades of red were presented to an enthusiastic audience at the red dress preview party event. Each fall, juniors in a fashion pattern-development course design the red dresses for the Association’s spring fashion show.

“It’s important that the students see their designs become a way of giving back to the community and supporting a good cause,” said Anne Hand, associate professor of fashion design, who teaches the pattern-development course.

The fashion show was emceed by NBC10 meteorologist Bill Henley, who will serve as emcee of Philadelphia University’s Annual Fashion Show on April 30, and Andie Summers, co-host of Doc and Andie on 92.5 XTU. “Let’s hear it for all the amazing designers at Philadelphia University,” Henley said before announcing the winning designs.

The judges were Ann Gitter, owner of Knit Wit boutique, designer Dom Streater, Main Line Today Editor Tara Behan and Philadelphia Style Assistant Editor Jessica Green.

This is the 11th year that PhilaU has collaborated with the American Heart Association on its annual red dress event. The red dress has become a symbol of efforts to raise awareness about heart health in women. Heart disease is the leading cause of death for women in the U.S. For more information about the AHA’s Go Red for Women event and heart health for women, click here.

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