Tuesday, April 19, 2011

" I do the very best I know how - the very best I can; and I mean to keep on doing so until the end. "

" I do the very best I know how - the very best I can; and I mean to keep on doing so until the end. "
Abraham Lincoln

During the turmoil of researching my way through a diagnosis of early stage breast cancer my daughter Kara enthusiastically suggested, " Hey Mom, why don't you summit another collection for Buffalo State College Runway Fashion Show? "   I looked over my bifocals at her smiling face as we were sewing late into the night in our studio.  At first I thought she was kidding. Then I promptly answered, Why not ;~)  To my affirmation I quickly added, " You have to promise to help me. " Help me she did.

Kara was the with me all the way...

I am an Artist and Designer. 

Dreaming researching, sketching, gathering materials, making sample, working and reworking until I get the look I want, setting up compositions and installations all comes natural to me.  Locating , maintaining communication and managing models, trend research for hair and make up, photography and pubic relations these are Kara's strengths.  Together throughout the cold, long, days and night of this past winter in addition helping me recovering from surgery Kara and I kept preparing for Buffalo State College Runway 4.0 2011.

Backstage there were no stage freight jitters with these ladies.  No they were READY for THE SHOW ! ! !

Resting between the 4:00 and 8:30 show

Kara takes a pic to help us capture the memories of this moment.

Special THANK YOU to Amy Lee Reusch and Emily Wiech Christ

These lovely talented ladies brought my garments to life on the Runway 4.0

Ann Hertzel  and Alicia Feye

Alicia gives the patrons one last look

Someone in the crowd has a picture of Laura Elizabeth Lemke's back ;~)

Jenifer Mergenhagen did an excellent job featuring our bird cage veil head adornment, denim bib necklace and co ordinating meditation belt.

Less than three months after my surgery, a testament to the healing powers of art and creativity, I am enjoying the excitment and joy of the day ;~)

                                              It truly takes a village to bring a fashion show to life.

Runway 4.0 April 16, 2011

Recycle, Re-purpose, Regeneration of denim and vintage fabrics used to reinterpret fashions from the 1970's.

Designer - Carol Ann Rice Rafferty

Accessories - by Rice Rafferty

Marketing Coordinator, Design Consultant, and Fashion Stylist - Kara Rice Rafferty

Special THANK YOU to the following talented women who helped make our portion of the show possible ;~)

Styling by Rachel Mancini

Hair by Vanity Salon

Makeup by Michelle Mclaughlin - Estee Lauder, touch ups by Kristen Legg
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for more Runway 4.0 images please follow this link  http://www.flickr.com/photos/finn1flintlock/5631574026/in/photostream

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