IADT-Seattle fashion design students rock the runway at Project Red Dress

July 20, 2010

SEATTLE (July 20, 2010) – Two talented IADT-Seattle fashion designstudents Rebecca Beesley and Gingerlyn Bellus walked away with all three of thetop awards at the third annual Project Red Dress competition Friday, June 4, 2010. Beesley received the top honors in the competition, including the People's Choiceaward. Bellus was first runner up. Second runner up honors went to Jason Arringtonof the New York Fashion Academy.

Rebecca Beesley's winning design

Rebecca Beesley's winning design. Photo by Mike Adams.

Project Red Dress is a competition created by the program chair for fashion design& fashion merchandising at IADT-Seattle, Monir Zandghoreishi. Zandghoreishiwas looking for an opportunity for students to not only participate in a projectwith real-world outcomes, but also support a good cause. Project Red Dress invitesstudents from design schools in the Seattle area to create a runway-worthy red dressin only 16 hours.

Proceeds from the event benefit the American Heart Association's Go Red campaignsupporting heart health awareness for women. Students only have 16 hours and $200.00of donated fabric to complete a dress of their own design. The dress can be in whateverfabric they choose, but it must all be red. The dresses are judged behind closeddoors, and a final winner is selected after a walk down the runway.

Sketch of first runner up Gingerlyn Bellus's design

Life-sized sketch of first runner up Gingerlyn Bellus's design. Photo by Mike Adams.

In the elegant Spanish Ballroom at The Fairmont Olympic Hotel, the eleven designers presented their red dresses to an audience filled with friends, family and Seattlefashionistas. Four judges included local couture designer Luly Yang; Nicole Vogle,publisher Seattle Met magazine; local fashion promoter, contractor and fund raisingconsultant Rose Dennis; and Nick Verreos, designer and "Project Runway" contestant.

The winning designer received a $3,000 scholarship to their school and a three-monthinternship with local couture designer, Luly Yang. Their dress will be displayedin the window of Luly Yang's shop on 4th Avenue in downtown Seattle.

Life-sized sketches of all the designs also were done by Malusa Pinto of the fashiondesign department at IADT-Seattle and placed around the ballroom. The sketches areavailable for purchase by contacting Monir Zandghoreishi at mzandghoreishi@iadtseattle.com. All proceeds benefit the American HeartAssociation.

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.