Two IADT-Seattle Fashion Design Students Chosen for 4th Annual Project Red Dress Competition

January 25, 2012

IADT-Seattle Project Red DressSeattle, Washington – January 25, 2012 – IADT-Seattle is proud to announce that two talented fashion design students have been chosen to participate in the 4th Annual Project Red Dress competition. This year, the honor goes to Corban Harper and Julius Leano.

Project Red Dress (PRD) is a competition created in 2007 by Monir Zandghoreishi, IADT-Seattle’s Fashion Design & Fashion Merchandising program chair. Zandghoreishi was looking for an opportunity for students to not only participate in a project with real-world outcomes but also support a good cause. Corban and Julius will compete against design students from the Art Institute, New York Fashion Academy, Seattle Central Community College,  Seattle Pacific University  and Washington State University.

Last year’s top honors went to two IADT-Seattle students: Rebecca Beasley took first place and won the People’s Choice Award with her beautiful gown (shown below in the flyer for the event), while Gingerlyn Bellus was first runner-up.

For the competition, each student had a $200 budget to purchase fabric in any shade of red, coinciding with the American Heart Association’s “Go Red for Women” initiative to promote women’s heart health. The participants have only 16 hours on scheduled days to design and create their dress. These supervised sewing and fitting times will take place at IADT-Seattle, and each entry must be completed by 4 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 28.

This year there is a new addition to PRD - the dresses will be modeled on the runway during the Feb. 3 Project Red Dress event featuring influential women in the community. Visit  for a complete list of the models and more information about the event. The women will have their first fitting on Saturday, Jan. 21, at 1 p.m. at IADT-Seattle in Tukwila, Wash. Additional supervised sewing times will take place on Saturday, Jan. 21, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and on Saturday, Jan. 28 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The public is welcome to observe the students and learn more about IADT.

Eduardo Khawam, producer & director of Metropolitan Fashion Week and three-time director of IADT-Seattle’s IMAGINE Fashion Show, will be directing Project Red Dress. Khawam brings years of experience to Seattle from traveling all over North and South America creating imaginative sporting, movie, theatrical, concert, fundraising, private and corporate events. He has worked with endless celebrities for a variety of causes, helping raise more than $15 million dollars in the process.

For the Feb. 3, event, cocktail attire is encouraged for ladies and business attire for gentlemen. The festivities begin at 6 p.m. in the Fairmont Olympic Hotel Foyer Bar and the cocktail reception is at 7 p.m. Doors will open at 7:45 p.m. for Red Chiffon and Red Organza ticket holders, followed by other ticket holders. The fashion show will begin at 8 p.m. For tickets visit Proceeds from this event will go to the American Heart Association in Seattle.

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, game production, Web design and development, and information technology. 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 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