Fashion students participate in Hemline for Hearts 


Four student designs in the Hemline for Hearts paper heart dress competition.Photo by Allison Strahan

By: Allison Strahan
Four students in the Fashion Association@LSU participated in the Hemline for Hearts paper heart dress competition on Jan. 28 in the Mall of Louisiana. The students are all studying textiles, apparel, and merchandising.
The event, sponsored by the American Heart Association, promotes the Go Red for Women campaign.
The students had three hours to complete a garment made entirely of paper hearts, some of which were signed by supporters. The competition took place on the ground floor of Macy’s, also a sponsor of the annual event. The dresses were on display in the store until they were moved to the Baton Rouge River Center for the Baton Rouge chapter of the American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women luncheon on Feb. 3.
“I feel like we have a good representation of different styles and years in school from our students competing today,” said Casey Stannard, assistant professor in the Department of Textiles, Apparel Design and Merchandising
“This is something different. I’ve never designed something from paper,” said LSU freshman Katie Burnet “It’s for a great cause, and I can’t wait to see how it looks when it’s done.” 
The students were selected for the competition by submitting two possible sketch designs. Senior Stashay Madison said that incorporating as many paper hearts as she could was the biggest inspiration for her long dress design.
Senior Lauren Aymond created a knee-length sleeveless dress with alternating red and white layers, which was complimented by a necklace and bracelet made entirely of clear and red plastic spoons. “I’m really happy with how my design came out.” Aymond said before judging began. Her design placed first and earned her an invitation to the Baton Rouge chapter of the American Heart Association’s Go Red luncheon as well as a Macy’s gift card.
Freshman Colby Johnson said although he had to cut out some of the minor details he wanted to include, he enjoyed the challenges the time restraint brought to the competition. “I definitely would be interested in doing it again. I had a great experience with it.”
Madison placed second in the competition, and Johnson placed third.