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K-State apparel, textiles and interior design students create designs for American Heart Association Event

Wednesday, November 2, 2005

MANHATTAN -- Kansas State University students from Pattern Development II, an apparel and textiles class, had the opportunity to design gowns for a local American Heart Association luncheon Oct. 11. The students created presentation boards featuring red gowns and facts about heart disease.

Michelle Geering, north central regional director for the American Heart Association, talked to the class about the association's campaign to raise awareness about heart disease in women, "Go Red for Women." The campaign logo is a red dress and its slogan is, "The Dress to Die For. The Cause to Live For."

The students then created their own take on the campaign's theme by designing red gowns, which were illustrated on the front and back. Due to time constraints, the students were not able to actually make the gowns. However, according to course instructor Sherry Haar, K-State associate professor of apparel and textiles, some of the students actually might make their gowns for their final class project.

"The impact of the event is that a young group of students were educated about heart disease and were able to share their message through design," Haar said.

Luncheon attendees voted on their favorite design. Kerrie Rauh, senior in apparel and textiles, Eaton, Colo., received the People's Choice Award. Rauh's gown, with handcrafted meal teardrops throughout the design, was about women who have died from heart disease.

The students' work inspired Haar to design and create a gown for the event. For her gown, "Faces of Women with Heart Disease," Haar photographed local women who have heart disease. She designed a silk gown and hand-painted the women's images on the fabric with dye. The creation process took 40 hours.

The following K-State students participated in the project:

Mary Stubbs, senior in apparel marketing and design, Abilene; Christine Dana, senior in apparel marketing and design, Derby.

From Greater Kansas City: Candace Lehmann, senior in apparel marketing and design, and Shannon Miller, senior in apparel marketing and design, both of Olathe; and Jillian Bahnson, senior in apparel marketing and design, and Elizabeth Roberts, junior in apparel and textiles, both of Shawnee.

Bailie Bickford, senior in apparel marketing and design, and Danielle Regan, senior in apparel marketing and design, both of Manhattan; Ashley Kingsbury, senior in apparel and textiles, Smith Center; Leeann Armstrong, senior in apparel marketing and design, Topeka; and Whitney Wolford, senior in apparel marketing and design, Wichita.

From out-of-state: Sarah Overbee, junior in apparel marketing and design, Minnetonka, Minn.; and Gretchen Gruber, senior in apparel and textiles, Roca, Neb.

This article was posted on Wednesday, November 2, 2005, and is filed under Apparel, Textiles, & Interior Design, College News.