Project RED is Aunt Rita’s Foundation first-ever fashion show featuring local designers, entertainment, and fabulous cocktails at F.A.B.R.I.C. in Tempe. Eva Angelica Stratton will be the evening’s emcee walking the attendees through an account of HIV and AIDS portrayed through a series of fashion time periods from the 80s, 90s, and recent trends.
Local fashion designers Ashish Sazvhand, owner of Ashprin Couture, Claire Cohan, and stylist Lauren Lambert will present their creations on the runway. Local community leaders walking the runway include former Phoenix Mayoral Candidate and Phoenix City Councilman Daniel Valenzuela, one・n・ten Program Manager Dani Logan, Aunt Rita’s Board Director Joseph Segal, along with other community leaders who provide support for Aunt Rita’s mission. The night will have entertainment from the Pride Dance Group. After the event, continue the night at Stacy’s at Melrose for the official Project RED After Party.
The event is spearheaded by Felicia Butts and designer Ash Sazvhand
“Felicia and I are very excited to work alongside talented individuals in our community to bring you Aunt Rita’s first-ever fashion show to help raise money for the HIV service community. We hope to bring awareness to the history of HIV to the younger generation as we remind everyone our fight is not over; we must continue to work together to end new infections,” Ash said. “We will also celebrate the science behind U=U (undetectable = untransmittable) and the fact that people living with HIV can lead healthy normal lives with treatment.”
Sazvhand reached out to stylist Lauren Lambert and Designer Claire Cohan to join the team. Each designer took a different period of HIV/AIDS (80’s,90’s and Future) to showcase the mood of each era through a series of fashion outfits.
“The 80’s is when the AIDS crisis began,” Sazvhand explained. “The 90’s is when activist groups like ACT UP politicized the disease, heightening public awareness. The Future of HIV/AIDS is projected with the advancement of technology eliminating AIDS completely from our society. This has become a real possibility. Today people with HIV/AIDS are living happy healthy lives without the fear of societal oppression but there is a lot more that can be achieved,” Sazvhand concluded.
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Saturday, July 20
F.A.B.R.I.C. 132 E. 6th St. in Tempe
Doors open at 6 p.m.
Show begins at 7 p.m. Fashion Standard Time
Proceeds from the fashion show will benefit our 13 partner agencies that provide critical services to those living with, or affected by, HIV and AIDS.
Official after party at Stacy’s at Melrose
The event is open to all ages. Reserve your seat at ProjectRedAZorg