By now, we’re all trying to figure out how to help during the pandemic that has taken many lives and turned all of our lives upside down. Whether it’s through donating money, resources, meals, or time, we all want to help. When it comes to the bridal fashion community, there are many bridal designers helping during the pandemic. One such designer not only started a GoFundMe page to get 20,000 medical-grade masks to help those on the frontlines, but she’s also using her talents to sew and donate 10,000 fabric masks to hospitals in Ontario and New York.
Rita Vinieris, designer of Rivini by Rita Vinieris and Alyne by Rita Vinieris, is making mask kits for team members to sew at home, making this a passion project for the entire brand. The company is also accepting in-kind donations of fabric and elastic to help produce more masks. To donate supplies, please contact: [email protected].
Because Rita is focusing on this cause, she decided not to create a collection for this bridal market season. Here are just some of the looks from the Fall/Winter 2020 Rivini by Rita Vinieris Collection, which are currently in stores:
Here are some great styles from the Fall/Winter 2020 Alyne by Rita Vinieris Collection:
And there are many other bridal designers helping during the pandemic. Galia Lahav, Yemi Osunkoya, Sareh Nouri,d and Kelly Faetanini are some designers now also making masks for first responders. You can donate a new mask here. Kelly’s team is even using old garment bags to make masks.
In addition, Ines and Veronica Di Santo and their team have been sewing personal protective equipment gowns for local hospitals in Toronto.
It’s amazing how our bridal community is giving back, and not just with masks and PPE equipment. Until Aug. 21, Pronovias is donating wedding dresses to hospital-employed future brides working on the front lines. Clearly, bridal designers are helping during the pandemic in so many ways.