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Dallas designer Ese' Azenabor stuns with Phantom of the Runway presentation

Dallas-based Nigerian designer Ese' Azenabor presented her Phantom of the Runway 44-look fashion presentation on June 13, 2014 at the Fashion Industry Gallery to benefit Our Hearts Day Center.
Dallas-based Nigerian designer Ese' Azenabor presented her Phantom of the Runway 44-look fashion presentation on June 13, 2014 at the Fashion Industry Gallery to benefit Our Hearts Day Center.Photography by Crystal Chatmon

Passion can often spur immense creativity--but for a select few it can be so inspiring and visually stimulating that it becomes reflective of a dream. Such was that of emerging Dallas-based designer Ese' Azenabor's Phantom of the Runway fashion presentation held on June 13, 2014. The 44-look spectacular took place downtown at the Fashion Industry Gallery and was well-attended by not only family and close friends of the designer but those closely affiliated with the Dallas fashion industry.

Dallas-based designer Ese' Azenabor put on her "Phantom of the Runway" presentation at the Fashion Industry Gallery on June 13, 2014.
Dallas-based designer Ese' Azenabor put on her "Phantom of the Runway" presentation at the Fashion Industry Gallery on June 13, 2014.Photography by Crystal Chatmon

The Friday the 13th show coincided seamlessly with its Phantom of the Opera inspired theme; presenting an artful blend of theatrics along with an avant garde runway show that ended the night on a high. Pre-show, guests enjoyed a bubbling "witch's brew" vodka cocktail while being invited to get up close and personal with some of Azenabor's most precious designs.

Seen in the crowd were celebrity fashion stylist, Laurie Graham, media personality Vanna Collins, stylist Dawn Mellon and noted Dallas blogger Cynthia Smoot. As the show went underway, actress LeeAnne Locken appeared before the crowd donning a custom-made gown by the designer--a black floor length creation that gave guests a snippet of what was delightfully in store.

A futuristic musical prelude began the presentation with a mystery masked violinist strumming the chords to a hip-hop remixed rendition of the Phantom of the Opera theme song. As models began to cascade the runway behind their masks completely adorned in Ese' Azenabor designs, the room immediately fell silent. It was clear from the collection that the Nigerian designer paid much homage to her international inspiration of fashions from her native Africa, Egypt, Dubai and European regions.

From fully beaded floor-length gowns to masterfully embroidered jumpsuits, the Ese' Azenabor collection was not only identified as uniquely wearable but also as in a league of its own. Whether embellished with ostrich feathers or crocheted lace, the immense attention to detail and extraordinary level of craftsmanship was well-noted and the amount of man hours that were poured by the designer into the 44 piece collection was more than admirable.

Proceeds for the event benefited Our Hearts Day Center--a non-profit organization that focuses on providing a safe environment for teens and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities such as Autism, Cerebral palsy, Down's Syndrome, and Aspergers to name a few.

While the show was a charitable success, it was not long before the designer took to social media to post that she is looking forward to the production of her Spring/Summer 2015 collection--and for those who were able to witness the show, will definitely lie in wait of anticipation of what's to follow for this emerging and ultra-talented designer.