Neiman Marcus' contribution specifically provides a rare opportunity for fashion design and fashion marketing students at El Centro College, as well as from other local schools, to spend time and personally interact with fashion apparel designer Nary Manivong – the principal subject of DRESSED – along with his new NAHM business partner Alexandria Hilfiger and the film's director David Swajeski and producer Maryanne Grisz. Likewise, a matching gift from Gordon Kendall, author of Fashion Brand Merchandising, provides free tickets for El Centro students to attend the actual screening event later that evening. Other financial and in-kind donors include the Texas Discovery Gardens, the Hilton Anatole Hotel, Amrel Revilo Productions, and Sewell Automotive Companies.
The Neiman Marcus Group, Inc. (http://www.neimanmarcus.com/
As the largest community foundation in Texas and one of the largest in the nation, Communities Foundation of Texas (http://www.cftexas.org/
Gordon T. Kendall is a freelance author and lecturer based in Dallas. An attorney with an MBA degree and teaching experience, Kendall seeks to prepare design students for the legal, business, and ethical realities arising in their careers. His book, Fashion Brand Merchandising, introduces the concepts and practices that help build, develop, and work with fashion brands.
Filmed on location in New York City, as well as Manivong's hometown of Columbus, Ohio, DRESSED beautifully illustrates the strength and resilience of the human spirit as Manivong navigates through one of the toughest businesses in the world – the fashion industry. Woven within Manivong's story are accounts and commentary from leading fashion industry experts, celebrities, and designers who relate their own perspective, including industry experts Mickey Boardman, Paper Magazine; Simon Collins, Dean of Fashion at Parsons, The New School for Design; Simon Doonan, author and Ambassador-at-
The DRESSED screening in Dallas coincides with several fashion industry-related market events occurring throughout the DFW Metroplex that same week. A limited number of seats for the special premiere screening will be available to the public through the Texas Theatre and El Centro College for a minimum suggested donation of $20.00.
First opened in 1931 and recently restored to some of its original lavish grandeur, the Texas Theatre (http://www.thetexastheatre.com/)
The DRESSED screening in Dallas is also made possible, in part, by a grant from the Carl D. Perkins federal education fund, which is specifically designed to fully develop the academic and vocational skills of students enrolled in technical education curriculum, such as El Centro's fashion marketing program, by helping increase the number of underrepresented students from various racial, ethnic, and special population and gender groups in non-traditional fields, as well as further improving the overall quality of education for all students.
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Celebrating its 45th anniversary, El Centro College is located in the heart of downtown Dallas, Texas, and is a vibrant, urban community college that is fully committed to a seamless educational process and life-long learning. El Centro was the first of seven colleges now comprising the Dallas County Community College District, the largest undergraduate institution in the state that has served over 1.5 million people since El Centro first began teaching.
The Fashion Design program at El Centro is a dynamic, hands-on series of academic coursework that stresses the essential skills every fashion designer needs: sewing, pattern-making and designing.
The Fashion Marketing program at El Centro College is a nationally renowned vocational education curriculum that specializes in the business side of fashion – combining modern business principles with ambition, creativity, and enthusiasm.