15 Dresses to Look For at the 2017 Heart Truth Fashion Show

All of the distinct dresses you can expect to catch at this year's Heart Truth fashion show.

All photos provided by the Heart Truth campaign

February is recognized across the country as National Heart Month, and in the spirit of this awareness, the Heart and Stroke Foundation has organized the Heart Truth campaign. This national campaign calls on women to put their own heart's health first by assessing their individual risk for heart disease and stroke. In support of the campaign, on February 11, the third annual Heart Truth fashion show in Calgary will feature a hand-selected group of Canadian public figures wearing red dresses — an international symbol for heart health and women's risk for cardiovascular disease —designed by top Canadian designers. At the show, researchers will champion the cause to guests, and 100 percent of funds from the event go towards the Heart and Stroke Foundation's research towards heart health.

At the Heart Truth fashion show, there will be examples of the work of some of Canada's top designers, which we've highlighted here alongside the public figure who will model each dress. Tickets to the event can be purchased at eventbrite.ca.


Zahra Al-Harazi with dress designed by Jovalene Fox


Zahra Al-Harazi is the CEO of id8 Strategies and the Canadian ambassador to UNICEF, and has won a number of awards for her work as an entrepreneur, including the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for contributions to Canada. Al-Harazi is also an internationally acclaimed speaker in countries including the United States, Germany and Australia. Jovalene Fox is a recent fashion graduate from Ryerson University, and recently won the Italian Contemporary Film Festival's FASH-ION Competition.


Wendy Belanger with dress designed by Natasha Lazarovic

Wendy Belanger is the owner of Influence Salon in Calgary and is a Canadian Hairdresser Award winner. She's styled hair for the various events including the Oscars, Emmys and New York Fashion Week. Natasha Lazarovic is the artistic force behind the fashion brand Temna Fialka, where she applies her talents to painting, graphic design, sculpting, drawing, and of course, fashion design.


Nadine Brown with dress designed by Chantel Traub

Nadine Brown is on the Gift Giving Cabinet of the Canadian Women's Foundation, which is a national foundation committed to empowering young girls, stopping violence against them and lifting them out of poverty. Chantel Traub is a Calgary-based designer who handcrafts fabrics, clothing and home textiles.


Kiki Buttignol in a dress designed by Angela Dale


Kiki Buttignol is a heart attack survivor herself, and an ambassador of the Heart Truth campaign. She'll be wearing a polar heart rate sensor at the event that will be wired to a number of LEDs that are programmed to pulse in time with her heartbeat, creating a soft glowing light display. Angela Dale has been designing and building costumes and props for more than 25 years and her designs have appeared in numerous theatres and displays across Canada.


Ellen Dilawri with dress designed by Malika Rajani

Ellen Dilawri, of the Dilawri Group, is a philanthropist, having built houses for in-need families in Mexico through the Homes for Hope program, prepared dinner at the Drop-In Centre, and completed several installments of the annual Ride to Conquer Cancer. Malika Rajani creates clothing after previously attending the prestigious Parsons School of Design and interning at a number of design houses. She recently rebranded her now self-titled line of work, which can be found at her website.


Caroline Gault with dress designed by Nicole Campre

Caroline Gault is an Edmonton-based writer, editor and brand journalist and contributor to FASHION Magazine since 2011. She's also the director of content and community at Poppy Barley, an e-commerce luxury footwear company. Nicole Campre is a Vancouver-based fashion designer who's the lead designer of Western Canadian brands such as WORKHALL, Okakie, as well as her own eponymous collection. Her work has been featured in dozens of publications including Vogue ItaliaVogue UKFashion MagazineAlberta Venture and Avenue.


Allison Grafton with dress designed by Malika Rajani

Allison Grafton is the president and owner of Rockwood Custom Homes and has been recognized in several local and national awards listings as a top female entrepreneur. She was inducted into the WXN Top 100 Hall of Fame, and actively mentors young business women via WXN as well. Malika Rajani creates clothing after previously attending the prestigious Parsons School of Design and interning at a number of design houses. She recently rebranded her now self-titled line of work, which can be found at her website.


Kathy Heffernan with dress designed by Lara Presber

Kathy Heffernan has worked as the director of general services at Zedi, an oil field equipment supplier, for a decade. Lara Presber is a Calgary-based architect and designer who previously contributed designs to the 2012 and 2014 editions of the Heart Truth show.


Danielle Lappage with dress designed by Maria Orduz

Danielle Lappage is an Olympic wrestler who recently represented Canada at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio. Currently, she's a full-time athlete, wrestling out of Vancouver's Burnaby Mountain Wrestling Club. Maria Orduz has more than six years of experience working in fashion. She has worked in apparel design for major Canadian retailers and has had her work featured in several North American fashion and lifestyle blogs and magazines.


Ebony Lewis with dress designed by Marsina King


Ebony Lewis is an account executive at CSI Leasing Canada, Ltd. who also raises funds for Janus Academy in Calgary, and supporting the Ride to Conquer Cancer for six years. MArsina King works as a business professional in downtown Calgary and on various fashion projects. King's work can be found through her Instagram account.


Manjit Minhas with dress designed by Lauren Bagliore

Manjit Minhas is the CEO and co-founder of Minhas Breweries, a published author and a judge on the CBC show Dragon's Den. Minhas has won several business awards in her career for her work building Minhas Breweries. Lauren Bagliore is a fashion designer who brings the work of her New York City studio to sale in her concept shop here in Calgary.


Lisa Murphy with dress designed by Nicole Rita Tomney

Lisa Murphy is the vice president of the private banking group Alberta Private Client, and has worked in financial institutions for more than two decades. Nicole Rita Tomney created NRT Fashion in 2010, a high-end women's and men's clothing line based out of Calgary. Since starting her collection, Tomney has shown her work in cities across Canada, and in the United States and Mexico.


Sarine Mustapha with dress designed by Mackenzie Jones


Sarine Mustapha is the senior vice president and associate portfolio manager at BMO Nesbitt Burns. Having been born and raised in Calgary, Mustapha also volunteers with local committees associated with the Alberta Children's Hospital Foundation and the United Way of Calgary. Mackenzie Jones is a Calgary-based multimedia artist who works in jewellery and alternative fashion.


Beth Reimer-Heck with dress designed by Marina Ortman

Beth Reimer-Heck is a board director and Queen's Council at Borden Ladner Gervais LLP, Canada's largest national law firm. She's worked in governance and strategic development on a variety of boards for 14 years. Marina Ortman is a Calgary-based designer with a line of accessories and custom designs called DOME.


Michelle Salt with dress designed by Tracey WardKerr

Michelle Salt was a member of the first Canadian female Paralympic snowboarding team, when they qualified for the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi. She also works part-time as a motivational speaker, as a sales rep for a propane company and is aiming to compete in the next Summer Paralympics in cycling. Tracey WardKerr owns and operates Couture Gown Studio, where she has created custom gowns for more than 20 years.

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