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Gown designed by K-State professor part of international textile and apparel association's design exhibition

Monday, August 14, 2006

MANHATTAN - A gown designed by Kansas State University's Sherry Haar to draw attention to heart disease in women has been selected for the International Textile and Apparel Association's 2006 Design Exhibition.

Haar's gown, "Faces of Heart Disease," will be on display Nov. 2-Dec. 2 at the Southwest School of Art and Craft in San Antonio, Texas. The exhibition opening coincides with the annual conference of the International Textile and Apparel Association, which is Nov. 1-4, also in San Antonio.

The gown's theme was inspired by the American Heart Association's campaign, "Go Red for Women," to raise awareness about heart disease in women. The campaign's logo is a red dress and its slogan is, "The Dress to Die For. The Cause to Live For."

Haar's red silk gown features the hand-painted images of Manhattan area women who have heart disease. The images were based on photographs Haar took. The gown was presented at a local American Heart Association event in October 2005. Also presenting gowns at the event were students in Haar's Pattern Development II class.

According to the International Textile and Apparel Association, the purpose of the 2006 Design Exhibition is to provide an arena for design work to be juried and shown as a form of scholarship. Designs accepted represent the quality and diversity of scholarship being conducted in the field of apparel and textiles. The exhibition is open to association members and their students.

The jury process was a blind review by professionals in the field and association peers. Of the 259 entries submitted, 97 were accepted for exhibition. Designs will undergo a second round of review prior to the exhibition by a different set of professionals and awards will determined in various categories.

This article was posted on Monday, August 14, 2006, and is filed under Apparel, Textiles, & Interior Design.