April 3, 2011

Society Notebook: Wrap party

Local designers turn hospital waste into haute couture -- and show it off at a fabulous fashion show.

By Avery Yale Kamila akamila@mainetoday.com
Staff Writer

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Partners for World Health founder Elizabeth McLellan models a blue wrap ball gown designed by Jung’s Quality Creations and is accompanied on the runway by board member Ryan Fendler, who wears a suit created by his family’s business, C.M. Almy.

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Vanessa Keithly models a bubble dress designed by Stephanie Harmon; Tatiana McChesney models a wedding gown designed by her mother, Marie Antonieta; and Victoria Bossong models a flower girl dress designed by Marieta Atienza.

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Want to see more photos of the fashions? Check out Avery's Society Snapshots blog.

Alex Rheault, who chairs the illustration department at MECA and directs the Quimby Colony's fashion program, modeled a sexy number designed by Lillian Prentice. Well-known Portland Realtor John Hatcher donned a pirate costume designed by Barbara Kelly as he swashbuckled across the stage.

Frank E. Reilly served as the fashion show's master of ceremonies and told the crowd, "If ever there was a time in our history where we need to recycle and conserve ... it is now."

He wasn't the only one who appreciated the event's environmentally conscious flair.

"In Maine, people are interested in recycling and reusing," volunteer Marie Harrington told me. "It makes perfect sense for someone in Maine to create an event like this."

"It's great to see the blue wrap recycled," Katherine Rogers, who works in Mercy Hospital's administration, told me. "The stuff is indestructible."

Her friend Susan Saker, who is a nurse at Maine Medical Center, added, "I'd like to see them do it again, as an annual event."

Judging by the wall-to-wall crowd and its enthusiasm, I'd say it's a safe bet this won't be the last time we see blue wrapped models sashay across the catwalk.

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Melissa Hodroff of Portland, Tak Suppasettawat of Cape Elizabeth, Anne Boehm of Portland and Karen Esposito of Gorham.

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Don Tuski, president of Maine College of Art, Kate Hassett, who works at MECA, Christina Bechstein, who is a MECA sculpture professor, Louise Tuski, and Tim Kane, who is MECA’s vice president of advancement and college relations.

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Maine College of Art students Rosie Allard, Sarah Capra, Carly Soos, Liz Long and Judi Ferry stand in front of the nature-inspired art objects they created using blue wrap.

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MadWorld fashion designer Meredith Alex, Jesika Scott and Max Alex, who all sport blue wrap hats.


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