PhilaU Fashion Students Rock the Red Dress Runway to Support Heart Health

PhilaU fashion students created two dozen stunning red gowns to support women's heart health.

PhilaU fashion students created two dozen stunning red gowns to support women’s heart health.

Philadelphia University fashion design students created two dozen stunning red gowns featured at the American Heart Association’s Rock the Red Runway show April 13 to promote women’s heart health.

Four winning designs selected by a panel of judges will be featured at the AHA’s annual red dress luncheon next month and will be prominently displayed in a Macy’s Center City window after that.

The winning student designers are Alana McHugh, first place; Deanna Wedge, second place; Tricia Franklin, third place; and Alia Sod, who won the People’s Choice award selected by attendees.

An appreciative audience applauded the fashion finale.

An appreciative audience applauded the fashion finale.

The appreciative crowd clapped and cheered as the designs came down the runway. For some 12 years, fashion design juniors have created stunning dresses in all shades of red for the event. Designs this year ranged from stately column gowns to a red and gold gown inspired by Chinese culture.

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 info about the AHA’s Go Red for Women event and heart health for women, click here.

The Rock the Red Runway show was featured on NBC10, WPHL and CBS Philly. View the CBS Philly coverage here.

Fashion designers (from left) Alia Sod, Alana McHugh and Deanna Wedge stand to the right of their designs. Tricia Franklin (dress far right) is studying in Rome this semester.

Fashion designers (from left) Alia Sod, Alana McHugh and Deanna Wedge stand to the right of their designs. Tricia Franklin (dress far right) is studying in Rome this semester.

 

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