Posted on Friday, February 5, 2010 by Chris Bliss
CCA alumna Amy Sarabi (Fashion Design 2007) won this week’s design challenge on Season 7 of Project Runway. The assignment was to create a signature dress for the Campbell’s adDRESS Your Heart campaign. Matched with clients who suffer from heart disease, many of the designers found it particularly difficult to design for a “real” woman rather than a runway model. Not Amy.
“I was really excited about this challenge because we were able to affect someone in a positive way,” said Amy. “It was great to have the opportunity to create something for a woman who has been through so much, struggling with her disease. It meant a lot for me to do well.”
Her client, Nadine Jenkins, an American Heart Association ambassador and mother of four from East Orange, New Jersey, was resplendent on the runway in a gorgeous full-length silk chiffon and charmeuse gown. Judges Michael Kors, Nina Garcia, and Georgina Chapman were enthusiastic in their praise, calling Amy’s design “modern,” “ethereal,” and “feminine.” Host Heidi Klum summed it up: “Your dress was elegant, moved beautifully, and made your client look happy and gorgeous.”
Watch the Lifetime.com video as Project Runway host Tim Gunn critiques Amy's accomplished design.
As the master of this challenge, Amy will be attending the seventh annual Woman’s Day Red Dress Awards in New York Wednesday, February 10, with Nadine, who will be wearing the winning gown. The dress will also be put into limited production and sold for $199 at ProjectRunway.com, with proceeds benefiting the American Heart Association.
As to her success, Amy commented, “It feels really great to win a challenge . . . it’s an adrenaline rush and I want to keep it going.”
Join in as the CCA community roots for Amy as the popular Lifetime series continues Thursdays at 10 p.m. (Pacific Time).
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