Show this crazy March weather who is boss and come out this Friday for the debut event of Benjamin Cottrell Designs 2013 Spring Fashion Season featuring world-renowned, Bulgarian classical pianist, Ani Gogova, performing ON the runway at the historic Fine Arts building downtown.
Guests can look forward to an evening of performing arts and fashion featuring spring collections from two fantastic local designers, Paul Sisti and Fraley Le.
Paul Sisti began his fashion career at the Ray Vogue School of Design in Chicago. His designs have been featured in the Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun Times and Women’s Wear Daily. His style is characterized by elegance and simplicity, and he has dressed major names such as Patti La Belle.
Born and raised in Saigon City, Vietnam, Le moved to the U.S. in 1985 due to violence and turmoil in his home country. After many years of living in the U.S. sewing and tailoring clothing, he attended the International Academy of Design and Technology, earning a B.A. in Fashion Design –which marked the beginning of a successful fashion career.
VIP guests will have the chance to meet and mingle with the designers during a one-hour champagne reception with sweet bites from 7:00 -8:00PM. VIP guests will also enjoy runway seating, but act quickly to get your hands on these tickets –only 100 will be sold!
For the musical component of the evening, guests are in for a treat. Pianist Ani Gogova has been captivating audiences around the world for nearly two decades with her passion and technical virtuosity. Her career began in her native Bulgaria, when she won a slew of piano competitions at an early age. Since then, Gogova has appeared in both solo recitals and concerts with orchestras in Bulgaria, Romania, Italy, Serbia, England, Slovenia, Portugal, Macedonia and throughout the U.S. In 2003, she was appointed at the Chicago College of the Performing Arts as the youngest professor to join the world-renowned faculty of the Music Conservatory.
On Friday, models will be serenaded down the runway as Gogova performs beautiful, classical pieces by Beethoven, Chopin, Brahms and Rachmaninof.
This event will be held in the 10th floor performance hall of the Fine Arts Building (410 S. Michigan), overlooking Grant Park and Michigan Avenue.
Doors open to general admission guests at 7:45PM, and the performance and runway show will begin at 8:15PM.
No tickets will be sold at the door, so purchase in advance ($15 for general admission and $30 for VIP) at http://thefineartoffashion.eventbrite.com.
Last but not least, get to the event in style and safely. Sign up for UBER car services at www.uber.com and receive $15 off your ride courtesy of Benjamin Cottrell Designs.
See you there!