Marlene King, 51, looked ethereal in satin and chiffon at "Steps to the Cure," an event put together by The Larry and Lori Lickstein Foundation, which provides support for breast cancer patients. The University of Maryland School of Medicine department of physical therapy coordinator says her usual style is "believe it or not, classic and traditional." "I do have a flair with scarves," admits the Baltimore resident. That was one reason why local designer Afua Sam of Studio D'Maxsi Designs created this flowy evening gown just for King, which she modeled at the Valley Mansion event's fashion show -- which featured dresses created by local designers for breast cancer survivor models. "[Sam] looked at me and said, I have the perfect dress for you," said the member of Sisters Network, an African-American breast cancer survivors group. The dress featured an olive lace overlay over satin bodice and olive chiffon skirt. "She's so much fun, I decided to do the criss-cross thing," said designer Sam. "It's very light and airy -- very me," said King.
COLBY WARE, BALTIMORE SUN