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Seattle Fashion Week New Partnership Gives Mental Health a Boost.

May 9, 2011 Comments off

Mental Health and Fashion.
What do they have to do with each other? Over the decades studies have taken place to determine different correlations and/or causalities between creativity and mental disorders. While history shows us that many famous artists suffered from some form of mental disorder, we can look to the fashion designers of the last few decades and see this as well. And without treatment we know one of the terrible outcomes associated with mental disorders. Suffering through a mental illness without any direction or help can make you feel like you’re drowning. While they say tortured souls can create, but they also need compassion, love, help, support and at times treatment. Those things are vital, but they take finances and when it comes to non-profits such as Seattle Children’s Home that means donations.

Seattle Children's Home board at Saturday's Seattle Fashion Week Trunk Show

Seattle Fashion Week recently announced that they would do just that by choosing to partnered with Seattle Children’s Home.  Started in 1884, SCH is a non-profit that helps children and teens facing mental health issues offering both outpatient and inpatient services including consultations, therapy, behavioral support, medication management and other specially targeted programs. From quick phone counseling to in-patient treatment, SCH are helping address illnesses that is too often overlooked, ignored or looked down upon in our society. Read more…

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Revive Masquerade: Down the Rabbit Hole for a Good Cause

March 30, 2011 Comments off

On Saturday the 26th the chance to nibble a cake and sip a bottle led many enthusiastic party-goers into a world of creativity and fun with each act getting “curiouser and curiouser”.

Held in the private Lake Union Cafe, at the north end of Eastlake Ave: Revive: A Black & White Masquerade and Alice’s Wonderland was set up in a large room with two crescent moon seating areas, with a long runway and tables in the center.  To see some more amazing photos of  the Masquerade and preparation visit Jonathan P. Beck on Flickr. His slideshow perfectly captures the story and energy that was behind the force of Revive before the show began.

In the photo below you can see the seating laid out on levels, the walkways on the higher levels lent to the entire ballroom to be used as the stage for the fashion shows.

 

The view as you walked through the foyer, looking at the stage. Photo by Jonathan P. Beck.

Before you entered the main room you passed through the foyer. It was home to a beautiful display of raffle pieces and the silent auction items. Oh and as was pointed out, the bar, of course. Sponsorship through donated pieces, services and activities for both the raffle and the silent auction included jewelry, paintings, beautifully framed photographs, Off Broadway tickets, beauty consultations, dinner certificates, gym trainers, an extravagant mask, a fashion consult with the designer of Rene Ropas; Morgan Carson herself and so more that it’s hard to keep up with all of the *sparkly toys* that were on display. (If you were there you know what I mean, if  you weren’t, well where were you?!) Read more…

Revive, A Black & White Masquerade: Preview + What you wanted to know but didn’t ask.

March 18, 2011 Comments off

Last week I was invited to be among the select few to see one of the garments in person from the upcoming spring collection for Rene Ropas before it premiered. I jumped, well typed, to accept the invitation.

The Rene Ropas Spring Collection is created by Morgan Carson and will showcase along with her own avant garde finale on Saturday March 26th, during “Revive: A Black & White Masquerade and Journey Into Alice’s Wonderland” an elaborate benefit ball that is being put on to help raise awareness for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Poster for Rene Ropas Revive BenefitWith the help of many people close to her, Morgan has been working very hard to put on this fundraiser for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. And it’s not the first event under the line Rene Ropas, has she organized or used her fashion as a medium for the benefit of cancer awareness and fundraising.

Last year with friend and fellow fashion designer, Lina Zeineddine, Blooming with Style was hosted in which each designer created dresses that were auctioned in part to benefit the Leukemia Society along other donated items. One very inspiring part of Blooming with Style is that they used cancer survivors as models. Raising funds and supporting this nonprofit is something very dear to Morgan’s heart.

Morgan lost her childhood friend, her best friend, Ashley to cancer last year. When Ashley got very sick Morgan took off school to take care of her and… I really can’t write this paragraph. I’ve been trying for days and it’s what’s been holding me back… You see, Morgan promised her childhood friend, Ashley, that she “would not give up on [her] crazy idea of being an inspirational designer.”

Morgan’s story is so heartwrenching— yet on the other hand it’s so inspiring that I want to put my computer down forever and focus only on my art and work make a difference in the lives of others.

And I think that is what we are supposed to get out of this. I think it’s hard for an individual to pick up a cause that doesn’t affect them personally, something they don’t see first hand. Morgan’s story puts a personal, human connection to the cause, and I don’t know about you but I can’t help but want to get involved.

None of that has to even do with the fashion aspect of what Rene Ropas is. Though it was her ascetic, construction, style and use of materials that made me interested in attending her fashion show; it’s the story behind it that has me reaching out to want to tell people more about the benefit masquerade. Read more…

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