NEW YORK — Nicole Miller is offering her designer touch to a charitable cause.
Miller created a special Angel dress to benefit the G&P Foundation for Cancer Research that Denise Rich founded in 1996 in memory of her late daughter Gabrielle Rich Aouad.
"I've known Denise Rich for many years and I know what she went through when her daughter died," Miller said, recalling Rich Aouad, who died of complications of acute myelogenous leukemia. "It is great that she started the G&P Foundation and I was more than happy to make a contribution to the cause."
Miller drew inspiration for the bell-sleeve minidress from the foundation's signature colors lilac and raspberry. "I was tired of designs for charity that looked like designs for charity," she explained. "I wanted to create a beautiful dress — all I did was use the foundation's colors and nothing else."
The designer also supports other charitable causes, including the Riverkeeper and the Rocky Mountain Institute organizations.
Miller will donate a percentage of sales from the $365 dress to the G&P Foundation, and hopes to sell 1,000 units. It is available at the 20 Nicole Miller boutiques and upscale stores such as Saks Fifth Avenue, Nordstrom and Neiman Marcus this month — in time for the foundation's annual Angel Ball event at the New York Marriott Marquis on Oct. 29. The event will honor Harper's Bazaar editor in chief Glenda Bailey, BET Networks chairman and chief executive officer Debra L. Lee, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center chairman and ceo Stephen D. Nimer, M.D., and the president of the United Arab Emirates, H. H. Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan. Among the entertainers expected to perform are Chaka Khan, John Legend, Joss Stone, and Patti LaBelle.
Miller, who plans to attend, is unlikely to be wearing the dress she made for the foundation — at least not in its current design.
"I won't wear the dress because it is not a gown, it is more of a dress for daytime," she said. "But I have some extra fabric so I might make something more formal out of it for myself."
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