Project Red Dress: Fashionable Philanthropy

Celebrate a night of fashion and support a cause close to our hearts.

The fourth annual Project Red Dress aims to show off local talent and help support a worthy cause. Directed by Eduardo Khawam of the Metropolitan Fashion Week, the event allows Seattle-area design students to create gowns to display while competing for a scholarship. Entertainment will include a performance by Seattle Metropolitan Chamber Orchestra.

The dress code is executive attire and designer suits for men, and cocktail dresses for women.

Who: Twelve local fashion design students have been selected to showcase their skills by designing and creating their own signature red gown.

Leading up to the event, participants have attended four dress-making workshops in order to create an original dress that only uses materials chosen during the fabric selection (which took place on Jan. 6). Then, each designer  has 16 hours (on pre-scheduled days) to make their dress; the entries must be finished by Saturday, Jan. 28. Each dress will be modeled at the fashion show, and judged by 12 local fashion designers.

Monir Zandghoreishi. Photo by Project Red Dress.

Where: The show will be held in the Spanish Ballroom in the Fairmont Olympic Hotel.

When: Project Red Dress will take place Friday, Feb. 3. The foyer bar opens at 6 p.m., the cocktail reception kicks off at 7 p.m. and the fashion show begins at 8 p.m. A detailed online schedule is available.

How much: Red Organza tickets ($25) include last-row seating; Red Chiffon tickets ($45) include second-row seating; Red Silk tickets ($75) include front-row seating, one complementary glass of wine and hors d’oeuvres; Red Velvet tickets ($125) include front-row seating, two complementary drinks of choice, and hors d’oeuvres (limited to 30). Tickets can be purchased online.

Why: Local designer Monir Zandghoreishi established Project Red Dress in 2007 to create awareness and raise money for the American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women movement. This annual fashion event also awards the student winner with a scholarship.

By attending this event you will not only feed your appetite for high-end fashion, but you’ll also be contributing to a cause worthy of your support — and a talented amateur designer worthy of a big break!

Project Red Dress at Fairmont Olympic Hotel | Friday, Feb. 3 | 6 p.m.