Fashion Week
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A collage of 8 celebrity women dressed in designer red dresses from The Heart Truth's Red Dress Collection Fashion Show over the past 10 years

Red Dress Collection℠ Fashion Show

The Heart Truth® created and introduced the Red Dress℠ as the national symbol for women and heart disease awareness in 2002 to deliver an urgent wake-up call to American women. The Red Dress® reminds and inspires women to take action to protect their heart health. Each February since its launch, the Red Dress symbol has come to life on the runway with the support of the fashion industry and celebrity models at The Heart Truth Red Dress Collection Fashion Show.

This year, The Heart Truth will unveil its eleventh collection of red dresses to kick off New York Fashion Week on February 6, 2013. Several notable celebrities, media personalities, and fashion designers have generously joined The Heart Truth to present Red Dress Collection 2013.

The Difference

Due in large part to to the annual Red Dress Collection Fashion Show and other campaign initiatives, more and more women recognize the Red Dress symbol and are reminded to take care of their hearts. Surveys show that women who report recently seeing or hearing about Red Dress or The Heart Truth Campaign are substantially more likely than other women to take risk-reducing action as a result.

Awareness that heart disease is the #1 killer of women—generated through activities like media resulting from the Red Dress Collection Fashion Show—is prompting women to take action. Women who know that heart disease is their leading cause of death are 35 percent more likely to be physically active and 47 percent more likely to report weight loss compared to those who are less aware. As a result, women are living longer, healthier lives.


The American College of Cardiology (ACC)—a 40,000-member nonprofit medical society dedicated to enhancing the lives of cardiovascular patients—has joined the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute in a public-private partnership to support The Heart Truth Red Dress Collection 2013 Fashion Show. ACC enlists corporate sponsors to help spread The Heart Truth message through funding of the Red Dress Collection Fashion Show and other initiatives.

This year, presenting sponsor Diet Coke is celebrating its sixth year in sponsoring The Heart Truth Red Dress Collection Fashion Show.

Red Dress Collection Photos and Graphics

Photos and graphics related to the Red Dress Collection and The Heart Truth campaign are available in the Image Library. Press information about the Red Dress Collection and The Heart Truth's February activities can be found in the Media Room.


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Last Updated: January 22, 2013

The Heart Truth, its logo, The Red Dress, and Heart Disease Doesn't Care What You Wear—It's the #1 Killer of Women are registered trademarks of HHS.
Red Dress and Red Dress Collection are service marks of HHS.
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