Breast Cancer Survivors Bares It All At NYFW
NYFW 2017 was more than just a whole bunch of fashion shows with extravagant dresses. This year many of the designers had strong themes to their collections and this one hands down was the best.
Designer, Dana Donofree, brought together breast cancer survivors and fighters at the AnaOno Intimates X #Cancerland show at Art Hearts Fashion. All proceeds from the show went to Cancerland, an outreach and advocacy charity.
Dana Donofree is a US designer, and breast cancer survivor. It was her own personal battles that led her to start a loungewear and intimates brand designed for women who have had mastectomies, breast reconstruction, or suffer from pain and discomfort from breast cancer treatments. Nearly half of the models had metastatic, or advanced, breast cancer, according to Donofree.
All of the women who walked the runway were non-professional models ranging in all shapes and sizes. Her collection included wire-free bras, robes with a pocket to place a drain belt and post operation bras. During the show, each woman made the outfits their own by including body glitter and accessories. Some of the women even walked down the catwalk topless to proudly display their scars from the disease.
It is hard for many women to admit that they have breast Cancer to other people let alone display their scars for the world to see.
Seeing these images of women on the runway was powerful and inspiring.