Malika Rajani is a legacy designer for The Heart Truth Calgary Fashion Show, and she is creating two dresses for our runway in 2017. Malika’s commitment to philanthropy and community finds a perfect match with Ellen Dilawri, of the Dilawri Group.
Ellen Dilawri is a passionate supporter of a variety of philanthropic endeavors and devotes her time to her family and her community. Her favourite causes are those that support children, families and health initiatives. She takes a hands-on approach to her volunteering which is clearly demonstrated by her accomplishments. Among her many contributions, Ellen has picked up a hammer and helped to build houses through the Homes of Hope program for in-need families in Mexico. This program transforms the lives of families in poverty via the gift of a new home. Each year, she collects auction items for the annual Dad & Daughter Gala, an event hosted by Kids Cancer Care. The gala raises vital funds for cancer programs that support children battling cancer and their families.
On a regular basis, she wields a spoon and mobilizes a team of her family and friends to prepare Sunday dinner at the Drop-In Centre and has been doing this since 2013. On the more active side of philanthropy, Ellen recently completed her third Ride to Conquer Cancer, a two-day 220km bike ride in support of the Alberta Cancer Foundation. She looks forward to her 4th Ride next summer. Ellen and her husband Tony reside in Calgary with their children and four dogs. The family is very active in all sports including cycling, running and training. When not chasing after her dogs, Ellen is known to enjoy a glass or two of wine and spending time with her cherished family and friends.
Malika is a treasured participant of our event and her attention to detail, quality of work and passionate spirit reaches far beyond the runway. Born and raised in India where lush vibrant colors, rich textile and hand embroidery are way of life, Malika developed an early interest in art and design. Her life in India helped her understand craftsmanship while her move to Canada has enriched her creative side; the blend of these two worlds enabled her to develop a signature style that exudes quality with modern elegance.
In 2007 Malika moved to New York City to attend the prestigious Parsons School of Design where her work was presented at Lord & Taylor’s 2008 line debut. While at Parsons, Malika had an opportunity to intern for design houses such as Khan Lucas, Ralph Lauren, Red Cat Group and John Varvatos. Malika launched her collection in Summer of 2012 at Passione Boutique; the label’s philosophy lies in the appreciation of high style, quality of finish, and luxury of fabric.
Want to connect with Ellen? Reach out through Instagram.
You can see Ellen in Malika’s design by attending and supporting the Heart Truth Fashion Show on February 11, 2017. Purchase your ticket here.
From our hearts to yours,
The Heart Truth Calgary Family