Walk the Runway for Rach's Hope
This year’s Fashion Show will be on May 18th and we are very excited to be dedicating the show to Rachel Doran. Rachel was my past portfolio prep student and Fashion Camp Assistant. She was a 2015 Staples High School graduate and rising senior at Cornell University where she was a Fashion Design Major with a Minor in Business. She was interning in New York City over the summer of 2018 when Stevens-Johnson Syndrome (SJS) and Toxic Epidermal Necrolysis Syndrome (TENS), rare reactions to common medications, struck her without warning. She passed away on August 17th, 2018 after a 35-day battle with the diseases. I met Rachel when she was in the process of putting together a fashion portfolio for her application to Cornell. Her talent as an artist and as a designer in the making was obvious, but I was especially taken with her level of maturity, her extensive experience (she started her own pajama pants company, “Rachel’s Rags” when she was 11 years old and gave part of her earnings to charity), her ability to take direction and process it without being overwhelmed, and her absolute loveliness. I jumped at the opportunity to ask her if she would assist me during my Fashion Camp. She was nurturing, attentive, skilled and confident—our campers loved working with her. The Doran family is grateful for the support they received from family and friends in their time of need. Now Rach’s Hope strives to provide that type of support for other families. The organization will assist families with children battling critical illnesses by providing them with practical, emotional and financial supports to help them navigate their families’ needs. Rachel was an inspiration to all who knew her. In her honor, we hope you will sponsor a fashionista to WALK THE RUNWAY FOR RACH’S HOPE. Our students and campers will be modeling projects they have designed and constructed at the studio. We would like to open the show with a collection of “Rachel’s Rags”. If you have a pair of PJ pants that Rachel made, please let us know! We will find a model who fits, and we will return them to you after the show. Please click on the link to be a part of this worthy cause as we carry on Rachel’s legacy of giving her all to fashion and giving our all to help others in need. http://runway4RH.givesmart.com Our Fashion Show will take place on Saturday, May 18th. As always, all past students and Fashion Campers are invited – and urged-- to model or participate in some way. We need you and your projects! We are collecting all projects made at the studio—past and present—so that they can be considered, merchandised, pressed, repaired and fitted on a model (in case you have grown out of it) by April 25th. Here’s how you can participate: · Click on the link to sponsor a fashionista to Walk the Runway for Rach’s Hope. Honor the Life of Rachel Doran and Assist Families Dealing with the Critical Illness of a Child · Drop off all projects and “Rachel’s Rags”at 4 Sunnyside Lane, Westport, before April 25th · RSVP to reserve seats at our Fashion Show · Let us know if you would like to help with publicity, organizing, video, food, providing chairs, dressing models, etc. Thank you so much for your participation—I am looking forward to hearing from you and seeing many of you at the show and at Fashion Camp!