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Alumni UBC invites fashion, art, and music lovers to Fashioning Cancer on September 23, a fundraiser in support of the Canadian Cancer Society Cancer Prevention Centre at UBC.
Part of Western Living Design Week, Fashioning Cancer will feature the auction of 10 exquisite evening gowns designed as works of art to inspire conversations about cancer.

Jacqueline Firkins, Assistant Professor, UBC Department of Theatre and Film, found colourful microscopic images of cancer cells and cellular systems inspiration for the gowns she designed for the auction.

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[Cell 6 modeled by Rebecca Burks, UBC BFA Theatre Production & Design student]
About the Fashioning Cancer Research Project
The ten show-stopping ball gowns are part of a larger project entitled Fashioning Cancer: The Correlation Between Destruction and Beauty, an interdepartmental research project at UBC made possible through a Research Mentorship Grant from the Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies. Jacqueline Firkins discovered that many women who had battled cancer expressed a disconnect with the usual fashion imagery commonly associated with the disease, such as the pink ribbon, a signature fashion statement for breast cancer awareness. The aim of this project was to bring science and art together to encourage a more open dialogue about cancer, beauty, and body image as well as to generate artistic imagery closely connected to the disease itself.

“My hope is that somehow through fashion, I more closely tap into what a woman might be feeling about her body as she undergoes the disease, but simultaneously reflect a strength, beauty and resilience, which are three words I would immediately ascribe to the women I know who have been through this harrowing journey”. – Jacqueline Firkins

This important evening will feature:
– Auction and ticket proceeds benefit Canadian Cancer Society Cancer Prevention Centre at UBC
– Singer/songwriter and fellow cancer survivor, Bif Naked, will perform a live set
– Cocktail party food and drink provided by Hawksworth Restaurant

Fashioning Cancer gowns

Fashioning Cancer Fundraiser

Date: September 23, 6:30 to 9:30 pm
Venue: Porsche Centre Vancouver, 688 Terminal Avenue
Tickets: $100; available online

Photos by Tim Matheson.

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