Wednesday March 30, 2011 | 10:51 PM

A sold-out crowd filled the Portland Museum of Art this evening for the Blue Wrap Project Runway fashion show put on by Partners for World Health. Each of the show's garments was constructed from blue wrap, a synthetic fabric used to sterilize medical instruments. Partners for World Health collects unused medical supplies discarded by Maine healthcare facilities and distributes them to medical facilities in the developing world. The organization receives a lot of blue wrap, yet can't send it overseas because hospitals in less affluent nations employ reusable towels to sterilize instruments rather than disposable blue wrap.

Tonight the discarded fabric gained a new life on the catwalk.

Elizabeth McLellan is a nurse and the the organization's globe-trotting founder. She was the last to hit the runway and wore a strapless gown created by Jung's Quality Creations. She was accompanied on stage by Partners for World Health board member Ryan Fendler, who was wearing a suit created by C.M. Almy, his family's business.

Former broadcast journalist Neila Smith wore a gown made by Mardie Weldon, who used blue wrap and surgical gloves and was inspired by Lady Gaga.

Well-known realtor John Hatcher swashbuckled across the stage in a pirate's costume created by Barbara Kelly.

Miss Maine United States Aleksandra Derikonja modeled a baby doll cocktail dress designed by Erika Smith.

Alex Rheault, who chairs the illustration department at the Maine College of Art and directs the Quimby Colony's fashion program, wore a blue wrap and surgical glove number designed by Lillian Prentice.

Nicole Hoehle, a sophomore at Yarmouth High, modeled a cocktail dress and a quilted evening coat designed by Sue Hammerland.

At the end of the show, all the models and designers took one last turn on the stage. In front are Vanessa Keithly wearing Stephanie Harmon, Tatiana McChesney wearing Marie Antonieta (her mother) and Victoria Bossong wearing Marieta Atienza.

I'll have more snapshots and details from the party in the April 3 edition of the Maine Sunday Telegram.

Until then, I hope to see you out and about.

About the Author

Subscribe to the
Society Snapshots RSS

Avery Yale Kamila dishes about southern Maine's hottest parties.

Avery can be contacted at 791-6297 or
On Twitter: @AveryYaleKamila

Subscribe to the
Society Snapshots RSS

Previous entries

July 2012

June 2012

May 2012

April 2012

March 2012

February 2012


January 2012

December 2011

November 2011

October 2011

September 2011

August 2011

July 2011

June 2011

May 2011

April 2011

March 2011

February 2011

January 2011

December 2010

November 2010

October 2010

September 2010

August 2010

July 2010

June 2010

May 2010

April 2010

March 2010

February 2010

Further Discussion

Here at we value our readers and are committed to growing our community by encouraging you to add to the discussion. To ensure conscientious dialogue we have implemented a strict no-bullying policy. To participate, you must follow our Terms of Use.

Questions about the article? Add them below and we’ll try to answer them or do a follow-up post as soon as we can. Technical problems? Email them to us with an exact description of the problem. Make sure to include:
  • type of computer or mobile device your are using
  • exact operating system and browser you are viewing the site on (TIP: You can easily determine your operating system here.)
Prefer to respond privately? Email us here.