On Thursday, May 7, I went to the AIDS Foundation of Chicago‘s annual Make A Statement: Design for the Cure Fashion Show. The show is put on by the AFC’s Junior Board, and this year’s was in recognition of Jack Mackenroth’s “Living Positive by Design“. Jack is a fashion designer who is HIV-positive, and was on Project Runway. Living Positive by Design is his national campaign to combat the stigma associated with the disease, as well as emphasize the need for people with HIV to live their lives positively (no pun intended).
Design for the Cure Fashion Show for Living Positive by Design
Tickets were $50 early bird and $65 regular price. Being the procrastinator that I am, I didn’t get my ticket until the day of. It was worth it though. The event began with a cocktail reception, and a flowing open bar. I got a chance to meet Jack and he was extremely nice, funny and down-to-earth. Plus those baby blue eyes of his were sooo cute! We chatted for about 5 minutes, and I told him about The Red Pump Project. He thought it was pretty cool and took my card. I took a picture with him too. Yayyyy!
The Fashion Show began with thanks for the AFC Junior Board and all their hard work. Then Jack gave a short speech about “Living Positive by Design”. Designer Heidi Hess was the Mistress of Ceremony. First up was the line “Kwabena“. The other designers that showed their pieces were Heidi Hess, SkinStinct, 5p1t, Universal Gear, Lara Miller, Kate Boggiano, Serpico, Akira.