The third annual Project Red Dress fashion show will be Friday, June 4, 2010 at the Fairmont Olympic Hotel in Seattle.

April 28, 2010

SEATTLE (April 2010) – The third annual Project Red Dress fashion show will be Friday, June 4, 2010 at the Fairmont Olympic Hotel in Seattle. Established by Monir Zandghoreishi, local designer and International Academy of Design & Technology (IADT-Seattle) fashion design program chair, Project Red Dress is a fashion competition for local up-and-coming design students that benefits the American Heart Association.

Project Red Dress

This year's event will feature national celebrity judges, including "Project Runway's" Nick Verreos. Participating fashion design students will have the opportunity to feature one-of-a-kind red gowns at the event, which promises to inspire and challenge the students while raising awareness of heart disease.

This event brings together the best of the fashion design students to benefit two great causes," said Monir Zandghoreishi, program chair, Fashion Design & Fashion Merchandising at IADT-Seattle. "One being education and the other is the American Heart Association, bringing everyone together for a great cause."

Seattle's leading fabric store, Nancy's Sewing Basket, will provide each contestant with $200 worth of fabric. The students will also be given 16 hours of sewing time to create their vision in red at IADT-Seattle. The event culminates with a gala fashion show at The Fairmount Olympic Hotel. The winning red dress will be featured in the window of award winning designer, Miss Luly Yang's Couture in downtown Seattle. The winner will also receive an internship with Luly, be featured in Seattle Met Magazine and a $3000 scholarship to IADT-Seattle.

A cocktail reception begins at 6:30 p.m., with the fashion show starting at 7:30 p.m. The show is held in the Spanish Ballroom at the Fairmont Olympic Hotel, 411 University St., Seattle, Wash. 98101. The event will feature a raffle, with prizes including a Hawaiian getaway. Tickets can be purchased at www.projectreddress.com or www.brownpapertickets.com. Tickets are $35 for students, $50 for general admission and $75 for premier runway seating and a luxury swag bag. The show is directed by Eduardo Khawam.

Sponsors of Project Red Dress include Seattle Metropolitan magazine, Sewing Machine Service Co., Luly Yang Couture, Hawaiian Airlines, Waikiki Parc, Elise Magazine, SMG Seattle Models Guild, and Gene Juarez Salon & Spas.

About Monir Zandghoreishi, Project Red Dress Creator
In 2006, Monir accepted the position of regional director of a fashion group, the International Seattle. In 2007, Monir developed the concept for Project Red Dress and debuted the unique concept in 2008 to support local Pacific Northwest design students. Monir laid the foundation for her designing career at a young age and expressed strong talent for style, texture and movement. As a child she designed and sewed clothing for her dolls. Today, after many years of celebrating the entire couture-making experience, Monir specializes in creating gowns to adorn women for their weddings to their appearances at gala events. Monir's work has been featured in Seattle Bride Magazine, Bridal Connection Magazine, Vogue, Fashion Manuscript magazine and a fashion show on KOMO TV's Northwest Afternoon Magazine show. She currently teaches and mentors students at IADT-Seattle as the program chair of the fashion design and fashion merchandising programs.

About The International Academy of Design & Technology Seattle
The International Academy of Design & Technology provides educational programs that are designed to prepare students for professional opportunities and career success in select design and technology fields. The Seattle campus, which opened in 2004, offers a variety of Associate of Applied Science and Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees in fashion design, interior design, graphic production, digital media production, fashion merchandising and game production. Both credential levels are not available for all programs. IADT-Seattle is accredited by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools to award associate's degrees and bachelor's degrees. IADT-Seattle does not guarantee employment or salary and is a member of the Career Education Corporation (NASDAQ:CECO) network of universities, colleges and schools. For more information on IADT-Seattle visit www.iadtseattle.com.