The four winning student designs from the American Heart Association’s Rock the Red Runway fashion show are now on display in a Macy’s Center City window until the end of July.
The stunning red gowns created by fashion design students Sahin Naznin, Vanessa Fath, Devon Kremmelbein and Noel Watt are the product of an annual collaboration between Jefferson (Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University) and the American Heart Association to raise awareness about women’s heart health. The students designed the dresses as part of a junior year course taught by Anne Hand, associate professor of fashion design.
“We’re thrilled for our students to showcase their incredible work and creativity in the historic windows of the Center City Macy’s, a beloved and long-established destination for Philadelphia fashion,” said Catherine Casano, fashion design instructor at Jefferson, who coordinates the fashion show. “The exposure at Macy’s not only is a young designer’s dream come true but also brings much-needed awareness to this important cause.”
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.