Friday, May 3, 2024

Sandi Bassett, Artist Designs Her Pink Outfits For the EWMA Collections Supporting Cancer Research at Vancouver Fashion Week, Wed. April 25, 2024

Sandi Basset is an Artist who has taught, mentored, made Art and designed for EWMA Studio and Store, as well as playing a major role, with Laurie Bricker, in getting ready for the bi-anual Atira X EWMA show at Vancouver Fashion Week. I have written about them both, here and here. This time, Sandi did not walk, but she wore the green outfit that Barbareh modelled last season at fashion week. It was through modelling, that Barbareh conveyed her message that dreams can be pursued even while in treatment. Early, this year, Barbareh lost her battle with breast cancer and since her wish was to raise money for cancer research and a cure, her family, the EWMA Artists, Sewists, Designers and Models from the original team, plus Cancer Surviors walking bravely for the first time, and other Professionals, came together in a warrior fundraising walk of 18 pink looks. In support, Vancouver Fashion Week donated tickets to raise funds and there is an auction/gala by Atira/EWMA, in the works, to raise even more money. There was a sea of pink outfits, accessories and pink jewelry in the audience. See my reel on Instagram here. Having helped to develop the pink drive for cancer, concept, Sandi's 3 outfits are accessorized by Laurie Bricker Laurie Bricker. They began working on this show, right after the last one. Soft, dewy makeup is by Bully Blocker and make-up looks and hair ribbons for the hair, are by Love Berlin. Well known Professional Model Erin Leigh, who of course, rocked an iconic pink gown and spectacular jewelry, spent a lot of time at EWMA, especially with models who had never walked in any fashion events. Bravo team and team work! Sandi's first look was a white vintage dressing gown, up-cycled into cullotes and made into a jump suit, with pink fringe from Dressew. This outfit has a fringe tail, too, to lighten the outfit and make it playful. The hat, one of Sandi's specialties, is also covered in the Dressew pink fringe. Next up is another hat, with sparkly brooch, and feathers and more thrifted jewelry bits. This second outfit is a jacket and pants made out of pink 1980's drapes. Big shoulders and lengthy jacket, worn unbelted but also has a belt. The pink blouse material was donated by Fab Cycle Van, long a supporter of EWMA and generous doner of fabric and funds, over the years. The third look, accessorized by a captain's hat, was actually modelled by a boat captain from Victoria, who came all the way to Vancouver, for every fitting. The jacket is Fab Cycle Van material and Sandi quilted the jacket using batting from The Gathering Place and lace also came via Fab Cycle Van. Sequins and jewelry bits were thrifted but the major jewelry was made by Laurie Bricker. The skirt for this outfit was made by Domi, another EWMA Designer and Model, who made 3 of the other pink gowns in the collection. Artists in our midst! Art and Fashion are a powerful vehicle for fighting for a cure. Women supporting Women. BC Cancer Foundation EWMA Vancouver Fashion Week, strong allies in the battle.

Image via Sandi Bassett

Below runway images via Arun Nevader (Getty Images)

@extremely.erin Erin Leigh

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