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“Hearts for Fashion” Exhibit Showcases Years of Work from MCTC’s Apparel Technologies Program

Posted on: January 14th, 2014 by insidemctc 1 Comment

Hearts for Fashion imageThe Metropolitan State University Gordon Parks Gallery is pleased to present Hearts for Fashion. The exhibit runs Jan. 24—Feb. 28. An opening reception will be held Thursday, Jan. 30 from 4:30–7 p.m. Gallery hours are Mondays–Thursdays, 11 a.m.–7 p.m. and Fridays–Saturdays 11 a.m.–4 p.m. The gallery is located in the Library and Learning Center, 645 East Seventh Street, at the university’s Saint Paul Campus.

This exhibition spotlights student designs from the Minneapolis Community and Technical College (MCTC) Apparel Technologies program who have participated in the American Heart Association’s annual “Go Red” fashion show at the Mall of America over the last four years. The event connects fashion, women’s heart health, educating the community about heart disease and embracing a heart-healthy lifestyle. This year’s Go Red event takes place Saturday, Feb. 1 from 11 a.m.–5 p.m. at the Mall of America.

“The students provide original designs, and see those designs through to a completed garment for the fashion show,” said MCTC Apparel Technologies instructor Vicki Johnson. The garments must meet specific criteria provided by the Go Red campaign. “The students’ designs are an interpretation of how the issue of heart disease has affected their lives. With each design a personal story emerges about how heart disease has touched their lives, someone they know or how their designs will make a difference helping to promote a healthy lifestyle. The students express themselves in a variety of ways and continue to inspire us with their creativity.”

“This show is an exciting opportunity to bring the inventive garments and story boards of our sister-institution to our campus,” said Gallery Director Erica Rasmussen. “Mounting the original designs on mannequins in the gallery will allow for close observation and reflection, which is something that runway shows viewed from a distance cannot provide.”

For more information about the exhibit, contact Erica Rasmussen at 651-793-1631 or email her at

MCTC Apparel Technology student wins “Best in Show” design competition

Posted on: March 7th, 2013 by insidemctc 1 Comment
Kelly Keene's award-winning dress design showcased at the American Heart Association's "Hearts for Fashion" show February, 2013

MCTC Apparel Technology student Kelly Keene and her model, MCTC alum Behtsee Millman, at the AHA fashion show.

The American Heart Association’s “Hearts for Fashion” show was held at the Mall of America in February as part of AHA’s national “Go Red” women’s heart health awareness campaign. The show featured the designs of nine MCTC Apparel Technologies students along with students designs from other schools. Students were asked to incorporate the theme of heart health—as well as the color red—in their designs.

This year a “Best in Show” award was given to MCTC Apparel Technology student Kelly Keene for her ball gown. Kelly’s design—and her model, MCTC Apparel Technology alum Behtsee Millman—were then featured at the “Go Red Collection” benefit fashion show Feb. 17 at the Graves Hotel. All proceeds raised from the show will go to AHA’s women’s heart health programs.

“I read a lot of romance novels, and they were my partial inspiration for this design,” said Kelly, designer of the winning dress. “People in romance novels are often in denial about their feelings, just like people can be in denial about their heart health.” Her dress was capped with an intricate metal piece in the shape of a heart formed from cogs and gears.

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