A Red Dress Affair

My previous Red Dress design on display in the lobby.

This past weekend was the 5th Annual Heart Truth Fashion Gala, an awareness event hosted by the Heart & Stroke Foundation. Heart disease is the number one killer of Canadian women, a fact known by few. The Heart & Stroke Foundation uses the Heart Truth Fashion Gala to raise money and awareness about women's heart health, by organizing a fashion show of Red Dresses created by New Brunswick College of Craft and Design Fashion Alumni (which I am one of). Since it's inception, I've volunteered my time and skills to create gowns worn by local celebrities in the fashion show. This year, however, my model had a conflict of scheduling and needed to withdraw from the event. Either way, I still attended the event as Vice President of the Fredericton Fashion Council, in support of fellow Council members and this great cause. 

The moment the show was about to begin.

Every year the Heart & Stroke Foundation goes out of their way to create a fabulous event, with women in mind. This year was no different! An amazing set and incredible talent of female Canadian singer/songwriters, the well decorated and extremely successful Chantal Kreviazuk and up and comer Christine Campbell. Both women sounded amazing live, and Chantal most definitely delivered beyond her reputation of talent and entertainment. Who knew she was a comedian as well! Filling time between songs, stopping in the middle of songs, and while still singing songs with a quirky sense of humour that thoroughly entertained the audience. However, it was her heart felt story of the death of a loved one from heart disease that brought everyone back full circle, to remember the real purpose of attending such an event.

With my lovely date for the evening, friend Dr. Laura Flynn. 
The fashion show section of the evening was a lovely showing of local talent. The models strutted their designs and did a fantastic job showing off the designers hard work. It was nice to sit back and enjoy the show this year, and appreciate all the work required to create each outfit that graced the stage. There is always a great sense of camaraderie when women join together for a common cause, and it doesn't hurt when it's wrapped up in a fabulous event with wonderful entertainment in celebration of health and fashion!



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