Documentary 'DRESSED' Dawns in Dallas
El Centro College presents regional premiere of new film about clothing designer, Nary Manivong, at historic Texas Theatre in Oak Cliff; Director David Swajeski and NAHM design partner Alexandria Hilfiger to join Manivong for Q&A following screening
WHO: El Centro College, Fashion Marketing and Fashion Design programs
WHAT: Southwest film debut of the documentary movie, DRESSED
WHY: Screening featuring personal appearances by Manivong, Alexandria Hilfiger & David Swajeski
WHEN: Friday, October 28, 2011, at 8:00 p.m. CDT
WHERE: The Texas Theatre, 231 W. Jefferson Blvd., Dallas, TX 75208, (214) 948-1546
COST: $20.00 minimum suggested donation
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.
"I remember being inspired by the beauty of clothes, and what it would be like to create garments for the type of woman I want to dress," said Manivong, who eventually partnered with Alexandria Hilfiger to begin their own design label, NAHM, which is an anagram of the two designers' initials and also means "water" in Laotian. Manivong and Hilfiger debuted their first collection together this past February during the Fall 2011 Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in New York. Both Manivong and Hilfiger will be attending the Dallas screening event, along with the film's director David Swajeski and executive producer Maryanne Grisz.
"I've always been fascinated by the fashion industry," said Swajeski. "I did research on the industry as a whole and watched films on the subject. Every film about fashion was done from the point of view of a big brand or a fashion icon. I wanted to look at the industry from the perspective of a young designer, a designer who had no resources, just a dream, a passion and a belief."
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 this special premiere screening will be available to the public through the Texas Theatre and El Centro College.
First opened in 1931 and recently restored to some of its original lavish grandeur, the Texas Theatre was briefly owned by renowned aviator and film producer Howard Hughes and later became infamously known as the site where Lee Harvey Oswald was apprehended shortly after he assassinated President John F. Kennedy in 1963. The Texas Theater was subsequently added to the National Register of Historic Places 40 years later and is currently owned by the Oak Cliff Foundation, a not-for-profit neighborhood association, and managed by Aviation Cinemas, which regularly presents a wide range of art films and other repertory cinema events (http://www.thetexastheatre.com) .
The DRESSED screening in Dallas is 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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Located in the heart of downtown Dallas, Texas, El Centro College 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 students in 1965.
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.