EPC Recent Events
Welcome back to our blog! This June has been exceptionally busy for us, so here’s a brief look into what we’ve been up to:
BRAnanza: BRAnanza is a bi-annual fundraising event that benefits the Fund for Excellence in Women’s Health and Medicine. Artists, local creatives, and other people with connections to Mercy Medical Center come together and with a plain size 36C bra as their canvas, create wearable works of art! This year, all the models were survivors of breast cancer themselves which gave each bra an even more poignant sentimentality. Ella Pritsker was very excited to not only be a participant as a bra designer, but also as a sponsor of the event. The bras were on display in a gallery, then modeled, then up for auction at a subsequent ‘Cup’tail party the same evening. Over $37,000 was raised for the Fund for Excellence in Women’s Health and Medicine this year and we can’t wait to see how much we can raise in 2020!
LYNX students: Earlier this month, Ella Pritsker spoke to a select group of young adults from the LYNX program at Frederick High School. LYNX is an acronym that stands for Linking Youth to New Experiences, and it is a new program that launched just last Fall. The program strives to take an individualized approach to education and states that since there is no “typical” student there cannot be
a “typical” education. Ella began by welcoming both the students and their chaperones into her studio and showing them different aspects of the process of creating couture clothing. Next, she highlighted a few of her most prominent designs and told the story of how each came to be, and who they were made for. The students watched and listened in awe as she told them about photo shoots, magazine articles, and designing clothing for distinguished Maryland women. Noticing the dubious look on some of the student’s faces as she described how long hand beading took, Ella took a moment to explain that when you do what you’re passionate about; everything is a labor of love.
Ella also discussed social media platforms, and how she uses them to promote her brand. She made it clear to the students that it takes a lot of heart, time, energy, and effort to build your own brand and sustain it. One student named Matai said: “I learned that you have to be really patient when it comes to sewing clothes and using social media is a good platform to expose your brand and have connections with other companies.” Both the students and their chaperones were shocked when Ella said that some of the designs were over 18 years old! The chaperones especially were very impressed with how timeless Ella’s designs are and the high quality of the fabrics and materials used.
In a letter thanking Ella for her time with the students, the Advocates of the LYNX program went on to say: “Your clothing designs are beautiful and your discussion was compelling. The information you relayed was relevant for our students as they consider careers in fashion design…Thank you again for the genuine care you have demonstrated for our LYNX students at Frederick High School. We appreciate the time you invested by both visiting Frederick High School and hosting students in your studio.”
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