IADT-Seattle Congratulates IMAGINE 2011 Fashion Show Winners

October 10, 2011

IADT logoSeattle – October 10, 2011 - IADT-Seattle held its 6th Annual IMAGINE Fashion Show Sept. 30 at Benaroya Hall in Seattle. With the theme “A Symphony of Fashion,” the show began with a musical performance by the Seattle Metropolitan Chamber Orchestra. The host for the evening - Teresa Gonzalez, News Anchor/Reporter for Univision Seattle, KUNS-TV - welcomed the audience of more than 500 in a gown designed by student designer Julius Leano.

There were four categories: Daywear-Sportswear, Cocktail, Alumni, and Evening Wear & Bridal. The models walked a runway designed by Eduardo Khawam of Metropolitan Fashion Week, third-time director of IMAGINE.

Congratulations to all the designers, especially the winners:

• Julius Leano – Daywear/Sportswear
• Corban Harper – Cocktail
• Olga Earle – Alumni
• Lisa Jones – Evening Wear & Bridal
• Laksmi McKenna – Best of Show

Each winning designer was given dinner/coffee coupons donated by DoubleTree Suites, along with a trophy and certificate of achievement. The Evening Wear & Bridal winner, Valerie Olson, also received a $600 gift certificate donated by Dr. Shahrasbi of A+ Dental, and the Best of Show winner, Laksmi McKenna, received a sewing machine valued at $900, donated by Sewing Machine Service.

Just like any red carpet event in Hollywood, IMAGINE offered an evening full of fashion, glamour and excitement. IADT-Seattle’s digital media production students and graphic design students were there taking pictures, videotaping, and even conducting interviews on the red carpet.

An Honorary Award was presented to Monir Zandghoreishi, program chair for the Fashion Design and Fashion Merchandising programs, for her years of service and dedication to the fashion students at IADT-Seattle.

The challenging task of judging over 130 garments submitted by students and alumni went to the judges:

•David Blackham, Founder, Owner and President, DAVID LAWRENCE
•Cynarah Ellawala, COO + CMO, Fashion Network - Seattle
•Rose Dennis, Fashion Virtuoso, Columnist & PR Consultant, ARD, LLC
•Derieontay D. Sparks, VP - Store Manager Southcenter, MACY'S
•Alison Brownrigg, Freelance Shopping & Fashion Writer for NWSource.com

The event would not be possible without the partnership of our very special sponsors:

•MACY'S - Exclusive Sponsor of the VIP After-Party following the show and VIP Gift Bag Donation.
•EVERGREEN BEAUTY COLLEGE - Hair & Make-Up and VIP Gift Bag Donation
•TURABI RUG GALLERY - Runway
•DList Magazine – Advertising – VIP Gift Bag Donation
•DoubleTree Suites By Hilton, Southcenter - VIP Gift Bag Sponsor and Donation.
•Seattle Metropolitan Chamber Orchestra - Music
•Target Direct Marketing – Daywear/Sportswear Presenting Sponsor
•Kelly/Brady Advertising – Daywear/Sportswear Presenting Sponsor
•Ballard Outdoor - Step & Repeat
•Turk Photos – Exclusive Photographer
•Sewing Machine Service – Best of Show Designer Award Sponsor
•John Robert Powers – Models
•SEVEN Salon – VIP Gift Bag Donation

This year IMAGINE partnered with the Career Education Scholarship Fund as the 2011 Charity Partner, with proceeds from the show to benefit IADT-Seattle students.

About the International Academy of Design and Technology in Seattle
With more than 30 years as an established institution, the International Academy of Design and Technology offers students a hands-on education with experienced faculty dedicated to providing students with the necessary skills, knowledge, support and guidance to pursue fulfilling career opportunities in the design and technology fields. The Seattle campus (IADT-Seattle), which opened in 2004, offers degree programs in fashion design, interior design, graphic design, digital media production, fashion merchandising and game production. Students also have the opportunity to take a portion of their coursework online through IADT-Online. The school is accredited by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS). ACICS is a national accrediting agency recognized by the United States Department of Education. Find disclosures on graduation rates, student financial obligations and more at www.iadt.edu/disclosures. IADT-Seattle cannot guarantee employment or salary and is a member of the Career Education Corporation (NASDAQ:CECO) network of universities, colleges and schools. For more information call 206.575.1865 or visit www.iadt.edu/Seattle.