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Fashion Week: Make-A-Wish Foundation Grants Teenager's Dream Of Designing

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Fashion Week highlighted spring looks from many well-known designers, but thanks to the Make-A-Wish Foundation, one teenager got her shot designing her own dresses. NY1's Jessica Abo filed the following report.

Designer Danilo Gabrielli says his spring 2014 collection celebrates the '60s and '70s.

"I created the dramatic look through different kind of material combined together, like the grosgrain, like the silkwood, the satin jersey, all the prints as well. There is prints that is made by hands," Danilo says.

For the past year, Danilo has also played a hand in helping make one girl's wish come true.

Doctors diagnosed 14-year-old Katherine Gil with acute myloid leukemia in January. When the Make-A-Wish Foundation reached out to her, she told them her wish was to be a designer. So, they introduced her to Danilo.

"Danilo gave me a book of his previous collections, and I just saw how he drew them and got ideas from that, but when I picked up the pencil, and he gave me silhouettes, I just started drawing, but I didn't know what I was drawing, but I ended up drawing something, and they came out amazing," Gil says.

So amazing, they made it into Danilo's runway show.

Q: You sketched these two pieces, and you're seeing them for the first time on a New York Fashion Week runway. What does that mean to you?
Gil: I'm just speechless. Not even words can describe how I feel today.

Katherine's family says they're proud of their budding designer.

"I was really happy, because I knew it was a wish of hers, and she's a great drawer," says sister Kimberly Gil.

The Make-A-Wish Foundation is granting five wishes during Fashion Week, but Katherine's marks a special milestone for the local New York chapter.

"She's actually the 10,000th wish for our chapter, so it's a very big milestone for us and for her, too," says Samantha Gurowski of the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

Danilo says this is an experience he'll never forget either.

"I never cry, but seeing her cry, she made me cry," Danilo says. "So, that's it. It means a lot."

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