THE MISSISSIPPI RED DRESS

   

Sponsored by Cardiovascular Associates and Cardiovascular Surgical Group, the Mississippi Red Dress, pictured just right of the podium, is a Hamilton Kennedy creation by Mississippi designer Donna Kennedy Sones.

Sones was flattered to be included in the Mississippi campaign and admits that she had no idea how hard heart disease strikes women. "It's raised my awareness," said Sones. "What we'll never know is the effect that heart disease has had on our mothers and grandmothers and great-grandmothers," she said.

Sones red dress is a sleeveless, floor-length gown topped by a black and red jacket. Sones, who doubles as a Sweet Potatat Queen, started her clothing business, Hamilton Kennedy, in 1991. She describes her clothing lines as relaxed and unstructured, not fussy or complicated. Her collections are sold in specialty stores like Takashimaya in New York, Gump's in San Francisco and locally at the Beau Rivage in Biloxi. In addition to clothing, Sones also designs what she calls wearable art -- scarves, wraps and other accessories decorated in the colorful art of Walter Inglis Anderson.

This Mississippi Red Dress is available to help promote the Heart Truth campaign. To request the Mississippi Red Dress exhibit for your business, contact Ginger Cocke, director of corporate communications for Baptist Health Systems, at 601-968-5135 or gcocke@mbhs.org.