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MICA Designers Dress Breast Cancer Survivors

Steps to the Cure, an Oct. 10 benefit fashion show and fundraiser at the American Visionary Art Museum, will feature original designs by Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) faculty, students, and alumni modeled by breast cancer survivors

Posted 10.02.08 by MICA Media Relations

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Steps to the Cure

Steps to the Cure, an Oct. 10 benefit fashion show and fundraiser at the American Visionary Art Museum, will feature original designs by Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) faculty, students, and alumni modeled by breast cancer survivors. Celebrity guest Christian Siriano, winner of Project Runway, will emcee the fashion show. Siriano has donated an original design for the Steps to the Cure auction, which also features 11 shoe-inspired cakes from Ace of Cakes star Duff Goldman and his talented Charm City Cakes staff.

Steps to the Cure, hosted by The Larry and Lori Lickstein Foundation, benefits the Maryland affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure, Fuchsia Foundation, Kids Konnected, and The Red Devils.

Among the featured designers is Whitney Sherman, a MICA alumna and chair of the College's illustration department. Sherman designed a dress inspired by the illustration of the mythical goddess of the hunt that she created for the Breast Cancer Research fundraising or "semipostal" stamp. The stamp, designed by MICA alumna Ethel Kessler, was first issued on July 29, 1998 and features Sherman's illustration and the phrases, "Fund the Fight" and "Find a Cure."

MICA students Karen Boyer, Calvy Click, Katie Coble, Hayley Griffin, Gabrielle Jolly, Christina Kaputsos, Melody Lin, Erin McAleavy, and Candace Steiger, as well as alumnae Ashley Charit '08, Jillian Coratti '08, and Avelina Dougan '08, have also designed outfits specifically for the local breast cancer survivors who will model them on the catwalk.

The evening's festivities include cocktails and dining catered by Sascha's. Guests will return home with an artisan-crafted shoebox filled with pampering products and treats. Tickets cost $200, $100 of which can be considered a tax deductible charitable donation.

The VIP level of tickets costs $300 and includes an exclusive cocktail hour with Siriano and a live performance by the Towson University Department of Music Faculty Woodwind Trio. There will also be exclusive access to other parts of the museum and special gifts in the "shoebox."

Steps to the Cure takes place Friday, Oct. 10 at 8 p.m. (7 p.m. for VIP cocktail hour) at the American Vision Art Museum, 800 Key Highway.

 

Founded in 1826, Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) is the oldest continuously degree-granting college of art and design in the nation. The College enrolls nearly 3,500 undergraduate, graduate and continuing studies students from 48 states and 61 countries in fine arts, design, electronic media, art education, liberal arts, and professional studies degree and non-credit programs. Redefining art and design education, MICA is pioneering interdisciplinary approaches to innovation, research, and community and social engagement. Alumni and programming reach around the globe, even as MICA remains a cultural cornerstone in the Baltimore/Washington region, hosting hundreds of exhibitions and events annually by students, faculty and other established artists.