Imagine! Design Expo at the International Academy of Design and Technology-Seattle - August 29th, 2008

August 4, 2008

Return Engagement of Project Runway's Nick Verreos and a first-time appearance by celebrity designer Sweet P.

Seattle, (August 4, 2008) - The International Academy of Design & Technology in Seattle (Academy - Seattle) is excited to announce that Imagine! will take place on its Tukwila campus. Imagine! will showcase a multi-disciplinary approach to design and include the exhibition and work of students from the Academy's digital arts, interior design and fashion design programs. The doors will open Friday, August 29th at 7:00pm with a media presentation of student work in the digital arts at 7:15pm. The fashion show will start at 8:30pm on site under canopies and in tents in the same style as the celebrated Fashion Week in New York City. Bravo TV's Project Runway Celebrity Designers Nick Verreos and Sweet P. will host the fashion show. Throughout the evening, an interior design exhibit will be on display. A special VIP reception and charity silent auction will top off the evening.

If you're interested in any of the many disciplines of design, then this gala event is the place to be. Hosts Nick Verreos and Sweet P. will present the Northwest's three leading industry professionals lifetime achievement awards. The recipients of the lifetime achievement awards will be kept secret and announced the evening of the event.

This year's charity partner and recipient of all the proceeds from the silent auction is the Face, Heart and Mind Foundation. Founded in 2002 by Dr. Henri P. Gaboriau, Director of Sammamish Center for Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and Jim Silsby, Director of Development for Boys and Girls Town of Missouri, the Face, Heart and Mind Foundation provides reconstructive plastic surgery and mental health counseling to children without access to the resources necessary for physical and psychological recovery. The purpose of the Face, Heart and Mind Foundation is to provide the comprehensive healing experience necessary for victims of abuse to live full, happy and productive lives. Donated items for the auction include work from students, sponsors, and local vendors.

Event Sponsors include Fashion Group International (FGI-Seattle), the Seattle Jaycees, TalkingRain, Target Direct Marketing, Inc., Evergreen Beauty & Barber College, Urban Fashion Network, Kelly Brady Advertising, Dave Simmerman Photography, Fairchild Books, Seattle magazine and Apple, Inc

Past events sponsored by Academy-Seattle have attracted more than 700 attendees. The same level of participation is expected this year. The event is open to the public. Tickets are on sale and are available online at Admission fees are Students $20, General $25, VIP $50. Select members of the press are invited to attend at no cost.

NOTE to EDITORS and PRODUCERS: Nick Verreos and Sweet P. are available for interviews. Contact Patricia Vaccarino, 206 979 3380,

About Academy - 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. At the Academy, students are part of an energetic community that shares ideas, solves problems, and finds new ways to approach career training today and in the future. While enrolled at the Academy, each student is given an opportunity to grow vocationally, intellectually and professionally.

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, Visual Communication, Graphic Design, Digital Media Production, Fashion Merchandising and Game Design & Development. Both credential levels are not available for all programs. The International Academy of Design & Technology is accredited by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools to award associate's degrees and bachelor's degrees. The Academy is a member of the Career Education Corporation (NASDAQ:CECO) network of universities, colleges and schools. For more information on the Academy- Seattle, call 206.575.1865 or visit