Hemline for Hearts
Six students in the Fashion Association at LSU participated in the Hemline for Hearts
paper heart dress competition on January 30 in the Mall of Louisiana. The students
are all studying Textiles, Apparel, and Merchandising.
The event is sponsored by The American Heart Association and promotes its Go Red for
The students had three hours to complete a dress made entirely of paper hearts.
“The red dress is kind of an icon for the American Heart Association and the Go Red
for Women movement,” said Lori Russell, assistant director of the American Heart Association
Greater Southeast Affiliate. “It’s the color of strength.”
Brianna Harris, a junior, said she was inspired by armor. She used gold metal brads
to accent her dress. Danielle Reaves, a graduate student, drew cardiographs on her
Junior Ronlonda Robinson created a sleek dress with a high neckline, long sleeves,
keyhole front, open back and long train – complicated for a dress made of paper. Her
creation placed first in the competition, which earned her a Macy’s gift card and
an invitation to the Baton Rouge chapter of the American Heart Association’s Go Red
Casey Stannard, assistant professor in the Department Textiles, Apparel Design and
Merchandising, said this competition is a good experience for the students.
"Even though they are using paper, it helps them conceptualize how to get around the
human body, how to shape their material. It's a good draping exercise for them," she
Caroline Lamonte placed second in the competition, and Grace Chetta placed third.