Published: Aug 24, 2009
Photo by: Dennis Burnett for SCAD
Style Lab mentor Yigal Azrouël gives a critique to Fashion Cares nominee Christina Coniglio with the help of professor Carol Harris.
ATLANTA - The Savannah College of Art and Design again partners with renowned retailer Jeffrey Kalinsky for Fashion Cares 2009 to be held Aug. 31, 7 p.m., at 55 Allen Plaza, Atlanta, Ga. The annual fundraiser, which celebrates its 17th anniversary this year, benefits the Susan G. Komen for the Cure-Greater Atlanta Affiliate and Atlanta AIDS Partnership Fund.
Hitting the runway are diverse collections by ten SCAD alumnae nominated for the Jeffrey New Talent Award. This is the fourth year Kalinsky will bestow the award on a SCAD graduate. This year's nominees are Payton Berry, Christina Lynn Coniglio, Ellen Creasy, Caroline Mae Heidenreich, Kate Hundley, Aileen Lowe, Bronwyn Meehan, Melody K. Oesterle, Alicia Staples and Melissa Van Duzer, all of whom graduated with Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees in fashion in 2009.
All of the nominees participated in the SCAD Style Lab, a mentorship program to which students are elected that provides them with unparalleled access to the fashion world. Renowned international designers Yigal Azrouël and Lars Nilsson led the 2008-2009 program, which included one-on-critiques, guidance on everything from design concept to fabric selection and finishing, and studio visits to the designers' workspaces in an off-campus trip.
The event includes a reception, followed by a live auction and runway fashion show featuring selections available at Kalinsky's eponymous boutiques in Atlanta and New York. Kalinsky is a longtime friend of the university and recipient of a premier Étoile Award at the inaugural SCAD Style Étoile Gala in Atlanta in 2006.
The recipient of the Jeffrey New Talent Award will be announced at Fashion Cares 2009, Aug. 31, at 55 Allen Plaza in Atlanta.
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