Susan G. Komen Los Angeles County hosted its first annual “Designs for the Cure” Gala at the Bel Air Bay Club Friday, Oct. 28. The fabulous “pink tie” evening brought together the worlds of fashion, celebrities and cancer survivors to raise funds for breast cancer screening, education, treatment and research.
Fashion designer David Meister's Fall 2011 collection was worn by breast cancer survivors and actors, with a presentation of work by Otis College students as well as silent and live auctions preceding dinner and followed up by a performance by the art ensemble Vox Luminaire.
David Meister is an esteemed American fashion designer known for his sophisticated, yet body conscious, women’s wear. He has made a name for himself by dressing the Hollywood A-list - from hot starlets like Fergie and Kim Kardashian to superstars like Diane Lane and Sharon Stone - for their red carpet appearances. Jane Lynch chose a David Meister gown for the Academy Awards. He has established his reputation through his beautiful collection of day dresses and evening wear and gowns sold nationwide through retailers such as Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue, Bloomingdales, and Nordstrom. His couture line, David Meister Signature, is sold exclusively through Bergdorf Goodman and Neiman Marcus. David joined Susan G. Komen's fight against breast cancer and continues to make giving back a large priority in both his personal and professional life. He states "I think it's also great to show that there's another voice being the voice of a man to bring another viewpoint to this cause." He joined Susan G. Komen as a member of the Pink Tie Guys – a group of men dedicated to promoting the Susan G. Komen mission, and was honored for his achievements in promoting confidence and self-esteem in the modern woman, as well as his contributions to breast cancer awareness.When asked what his favorite place to travel to is he said "Italy, anywhere in Italy but my favorite is Capri."
Celebrity attendees wearing his dresses at the event included “Entourage’s” Emmanuelle Chriqui, “Grey’s Anatomy” Sara Ramirez, “Rules of Engagement” star Sara Rue, Nazanin Boniadi from “How I Met Your Mother,” and more.
Susan G. Komen Los Angeles has been named a top-rated charity providing community-based grants to local organizations providing breast cancer screening, education, and treatment services and to help fund national breast cancer research programs. Being the global leader of the breast cancer movement, the organization has invested more than $1.9 billion since inception in 1982. Susan G. Komen is known as the world’s largest grassroots network of breast cancer survivors and activists working together to save lives, empower people, ensure quality care for all and energize science to find the cures.
One woman is diagnosed with breast cancer every three minutes in the U.S., and one woman will die of breast cancer every 13 minutes. Yearly mammograms after age 40 are the single most effective tool for detecting breast cancer. Clinical breast exams at least every 3 years between the ages of 20 and 39 are recommended as well. The 5 year survival rate if detected early before it spreads is now 98 percent (compared to 74 percent in 1982) America currently has 2.5 million breast cancer survivors, the largest group of cancer survivors in the U.S. They are a living testament to the power of society and science to save lives.
All photos by Patricia Meisels