Raring to go red

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Ellen Girdwood, a Texas Woman’s University fashion design major, talks about her dress, Scarlet Web, with associate professor Sherri Dragoo during a class in the Old Main Building on campus Monday in Denton.
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Pinning intricate red lace over a short red dress, Texas Woman’s University senior Ellen Girdwood knows exactly what she expects for the garment she is designing for the Denton Go Red for Women fashion show and luncheon next month.

“What I envisioned was something sexy down here (points to length of dress) but you’re covered with this beautiful lace overlay,” she explained.

This is the second time Girdwood has participated as a designer in the Go Red luncheon, a fundraiser set for Feb. 14 to benefit the American Heart Association. It is the 10th year for the event in Denton.

Girdwood and about 50 other students from TWU and the University of North Texas are working to complete dresses for the fashion show, said Sheri Dragoo, an associate professor at TWU and fashion show producer.

Each year the show has a theme, and this year it is the color red for the anniversary of the program, she said. Some students have worked on the project since the fall semester, and for others it was part of a class assignment this spring.

Doing the show is a fun way for students to volunteer with the community and have a real-world experience, she said.

“It’s fun, No. 1, because we love serving the community this way,” Dragoo said. “It exposes our students to community service, and let’s them learn by doing.”

They will be presented in a show full of students and community volunteers walking the runway in the designs at the end of the luncheon, when winners will be announced.

For senior Camille Thomas, the show is fun because it’s an opportunity to share her work with the community and people who don’t normally get to go to a lot of fashion shows. Leading up to the event, she also enjoys seeing what her classmates come up with.

“It’s always nice to see everyone being creative and showing their skills and style, because you’re all limited to the same color,” she said.

The luncheon is scheduled for 11 a.m. Friday, Feb. 14, at the Gateway Center at UNT. Tickets for the luncheon are available until Jan. 30 for $45 at Northstar Bank at 400 N. Carroll Blvd. and DATCU at 225 W. Mulberry St.

JENNA DUNCAN can be reached at 940-566-6889 and via Twitter at @JennaFDuncan.


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