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Project Red Dress 2010

By Gabrielle Nomura on June 7, 2010 – No Comment

Project Red Dress 2010

Check out Nick Verreos blog about this year’s Project Red Dress

In true Project Runway style, 11 student designers from across the country took on the challenge of creating runway-ready creations in a limited amount of time. The designers had 16 hours, a $200 dollar budget and the color red as inspiration. The end result was 11 stunning gowns modeled on the runway at the third annual Project Red Dress 2010.

The fashion show took place at the Fairmont Hotel in Seattle and featured a panel of well-known judges including; Nick Verreos, couture designer,  judge for season 8 of Project Runway and frequent contributor to E! Entertainment television, Nicole Vogle, Publisher of Seattle Met magazine, Luly Yang, Seattle couture designer and Rose Dennis, a local fashion promoter and fund raising consultant. 

The annual fashion event was created by Monir Zandghoreishi, the Program Chair for Fashion Design & Merchandising at the International Academy of Design & Technology (IADT-Seattle). Each year, Zandghoreishi coordinates and plans the design competition to shine a light on young talent and to encourage new designers to follow their dreams. The annual fashion show benefits the American Heart Association’s Go Red campaign supporting heart health awareness for women.  

Fashion design students from schools all over the country participated in the competition this year, including students from Seattle Pacific University, Washington State University, New York Fashion Academy and the Seattle Art Institute. 

Talented fashion design student Rebecca Beesley won top honors in the competition and the People’s Choice award for her vibrant red creation that captivated the audience and judges with sharp design and excellent craftsmanship. Beesley walked away with a $3,000 scholarship, a 3 month internship with local couture designer, Luly Yang and her winning dress will be displayed in the window of Luly Yang’s shop on 4th St. in downtown Seattle.

Project Red Dress 2010

Student designer Gingerlyn Bellus was awarded first runner up and Jason Arrington received second runner up. Prior to the runway portion of the evening, the four judges were given a brief amount of time to examine each design on the models, looking at overall concept, fabric choice, construction and execution. The judges waited until they saw the dresses modeled down the runway to make their final decision. 

“All of the designs are excellent, but it helps to  hear the student’s inspiration behind each design before making a final decision,” said Verreos. “I want to feel the passion.” 

Life-sized sketches of all the designs were also done by Malusa Pinto of the fashion design department at IADT-Seattle and placed around the ballroom.  The sketches are available for purchase by contacting Monir Zandghoreishi at