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CALL FOR ENTRIES: Fashion Design Opportunity for The Pink Fund

Detroit Garment Group Guild and The Pink Fund present a new competition opportunity!

Detroit Garment Group Guild (DG3), in partnership with The Pink Fund, are calling for Michigan-based fashion designers, especially those who specialize in costume design, to submit electronic portfolios to be considered for a fashion design competition. Seven designers will be chosen to go on to create dance costumes for seven breast cancer survivors participating in this year’s Dancing With the Survivors event, created by The Pink Fund.

Dancing With The Survivors is a signature fundraising event in conjunction with Fred Astaire Dance Studios to benefit The Pink Fund. The evening celebrates breast cancer survivors who thrive in their recovery and make a difference in the lives of other cancer patients. This year’s event takes place at 6:30 PM, October 2 at Art Van in Novi.

The seven selected designers will receive two types of education. First, Evan and Lada Mountain, owners of Fred Astaire Dance Studio of Bloomfield Hills, will instruct them on designing dancewear. Then, the designers will get an education on breast cancer and the challenges of designing for women with various issues related to their cancer, including mastectomies, prosthetics, scarring, swelling and more.

Each designer will be randomly paired with a dancer, whom they will work with all the way through the process until the day of the event. The designer will learn about his/her dancer’s individual issues and concerns, and the type of dance she will be performing. The designers will be given a stipend of $250 each to create their costumes. All costumes will be auctioned off to raise additional funds for The Pink Fund. Each designer will also receive a ticket to the event, a $100 value.

Interested designers should submit an electronic portfolio of their work (no less than 10 designs) to Karen Buscemi, President of DG3, at by June 27, 2014. This submission does not guarantee a slot, but will help the DG3 board of directors determine the selected designers for the program. Preference will be given to designers who demonstrate high-quality work.