Jefferson (Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University) fashion design students showcased 27 stunning red dresses at the American Heart Association’s Rock the Red Runway fashion show April 18 at the Masonic Temple in Philadelphia.
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 featured in a Macy’s Center City display window after that event.
The winning student designers are Sahin Naznin, first place; Vanessa Fath, second place; Devon Kremmelbein, third place, and Noel Watt, who won the people’s choice award selected by attendees.
The appreciative audience, mostly dressed in red, clapped and cheered as the designs came down the runway. The creative designs ranged from a 1920s-inspired gown that could have been worn by Lady Mary at Downton Abbey to a short shoulder-baring design inspired by the singer Amy Winehouse.
The Jefferson fashion program has collaborated with the AHA for about a dozen years for this event, and the dresses were designed as part of a junior year course.
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 United States. Visit here for more information about the AHA’s Go Red for Women event and heart health for women.