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IADT, Susan G. Komen Fashion Show at the Arden Mall

Several students from the International Academy of Design & Technology (IADT) participated in a fashion show at the Arden Fair Mall. The fashion show was part of the Susan G. Komen Foundation Race for the Cure in-person registration event held at the Arden Fair Mall.

In-person registration started on the first floor in front of Nordstrom on May 5 and will continue until May 11. Registration will be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The 2012 Komen Sacramento Valley Race for the Cure will take place on May 12 at Cal Expo. The event raises critical funds and breast cancer awareness. Race for the Cure will also celebrate survivors and honor those who have lost their battle. Mail in registration has ended but people can sign up at the in-person registration or the morning of the race. Anyone can join as a runner, walker, volunteer, donor or sponsor.

During the opening of the in-person registration several informational and merchandise booths were set up. The registration area was beautifully decorated to showcase the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure, its volunteers and participants were able to pick up their  t-shirts and bibs.

A pink guitar donated by Charity Guitar and signed by many musicians was available for viewing. The guitar will be raffled off and tickets are still on sale at the Charity Guitar website.

A pink Honda Metropolitan Scooter donated by Carmichael Honda Motorsports will also be raffled off.

In-person registration also held a fashion show that featured IADT student created designs. Outfits were created out of Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure Survivor and race t-shirts. Jewelry designs made from recycled educational materials such as rubber bracelets and key chains were also featured.

Guests were encouraged to bid on the created fashion wear with proceeds going to the Susan G. Komen Foundation.

The fashion wear created showcased talented designers at IADT and the imagination and creative designs of several of its students.

IADT, Susan G. Komen Fashion Show at the Arden Mall

Designers took turns describing their designs and inspiration and their common thread was their passion to help others. Another commonality with several designers was their participation in the Race for the Cure or having had a friend or family member who’s had some type of cancer.

IADT, Susan G. Komen Fashion Show at the Arden Mall

As the designers showed their creations it was apparent that they had taken the time to create some amazing designs. Each designer showed one or more of their creations.

IADT, Susan G. Komen Fashion Show at the Arden Mall

The fashion wear included outfits for children and adults. Active wear was featured on several designs and plus size outfits were also created. There was even an outfit for the cook of the house as well as glamour gowns for a night out on the town.

IADT, Susan G. Komen Fashion Show at the Arden Mall

Seeing the creations made by IADT students gives a view into the possible future of some of these designers and the future looks promising for them and Sacramento fashion. Their creativity and hard work put into the designs was amazing and just as amazing was the fact that they were doing this to raise funds for the Susan G. Komen Foundation.

Esther Amato, a fashion design instructor at IADT has been working with her students for this fashion show for a while and was at the event to help things go smoothly. Glowing like a proud mother Amato enthusiastically chatted with guests encouraging them to speak with the designers.

IADT, Susan G. Komen Fashion Show at the Arden Mall

At the end of the fashion show Amato took the microphone and said, “Hi everybody. So what did you guys all think about the designs today?” The audience responded with cheers and applause.

“There’s one person I want to thank and that’s Silvia Ramirez who actually is the event coordinator for Susan Komen Foundation. She approached me and asked if I could participate in a fashion show and I didn’t have any reservations,” said Amato.

IADT, Susan G. Komen Fashion Show at the Arden Mall

As Amato thanked Ramirez she also said, “I also want to thank my students. I’ve been designing for 30 years and now I teach at IADT here in Sacramento on Natomas. I approached my students with this idea and they had no reservations about becoming involved. I instructed them but they’re the ones that came up with these fantastic ideas. This means so much to me, I’ really proud of them.”

Amato thanked everyone for their support and noted that IADT admission advisors were on hand in case anybody had questions about any of their programs.

IADT, Susan G. Komen Fashion Show at the Arden Mall

The Komen Race for the Cure takes place on May 11 at Cal Expo. Besides the race several fun activities are being planned including a tailgate party and a post race expo.

Susan G. Komen for the Cure has been involved in the fight against breast cancer since 1982 and continues to play a critical role in educating people about this disease. This fight has helped turn millions of breast cancer patients into breast cancer survivors.

Many of us know of someone who’s been affected by this type of cancer and you can contribute by participating, volunteering and supporting the Susan G. Komen Foundation. Log on to their website to find more information about the Foundation, understanding breast cancer and becoming involved.

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