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The fashion industry is growing in Detroit. In fact, you might say it is racing along.

That will be very evident at the American Autoimmune Related Diseases Association’s (AARDA) 19th annual spring fundraiser “Bound by a Common Thread” on May 11.

Highlighting the event will be a “Fast Fashion” fashion show featuring the work of four students in the Wayne State University Fashion Design & Merchandising program. In addition, AARDA will present champion race car driver Kyle Marcelli with its 2019 AARDA Champion Award. The award is given to individuals or organizations who have championed the mission of AARDA to eradicate autoimmune disease.

“Bound by a Common Thread” will be held at the Detroit Athletic Club and includes lunch, a silent auction and access to the fashion show. Tickets are $110 or $135 and can be purchased online until Friday, May 10. Visit or call (586) 776-3900 to learn more.

The event gives the four Wayne State students the opportunity to show off their work and do some networking. The students are Gauri Jaiman, Kelsey Tucker, Amber Walker and Mason Williams Walker.

Kelsey Tucker is a senior at Wayne. In 2016 she and her sister founded their own high-fashion street-wear brand called Deviate. Here’s a look at one of her designs.

“There are more than 100 autoimmune diseases affecting one in every five Americans and currently zero cures,” says AARDA President and Executive Director Virginia T. Ladd. “Awareness continues to be a priority for earlier diagnosis and treatment. We are thankful for all that Kyle has done over the years to make an impact.”


This article was originally published by The Hub Detroit on 5/09/19. See the full post at The Hub Detroit.

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