El Centro College receives charitable gifts from Neiman Marcus, Gordon Kendall for DRESSED

Thanks to generous financial support, many Dallas area fashion design and fashion marketing students will attend screening event at the historic Texas Theatre for free and enjoy rare one-on-one dialogue with Nary Manivong and Alexandria Hilfiger
Nary Manivong to visit with El Centro students
Nary Manivong to visit with El Centro students
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Oct. 13, 2011 - PRLog -- DALLAS – El Centro College announced today several major corporate and individual sponsors of the DRESSED premiere screening event at the historic Texas Theatre in Oak Cliff on Friday, October 28, including the Neiman Marcus Charitable Fund of Communities Foundation of Texas and a matching personal gift from fashion and design textbook author Gordon Kendall.

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/) operations include the Specialty Retail Stores segment and the Direct Marketing segment. The Specialty Retail stores segment consists primarily of Neiman Marcus and Bergdorf Goodman stores. The Direct Marketing segment conducts both online and print catalog operations under the Neiman Marcus, Horchow and Bergdorf Goodman brand names.

As the largest community foundation in Texas and one of the largest in the nation, Communities Foundation of Texas (http://www.cftexas.org/) works with families, nonprofits, and corporations like Neiman Marcus to strengthen communities through a variety of charitable funds and other strategic grant-making initiatives. The foundation professionally manages almost 900 component funds and has awarded over $1.1 billion in charitable grants since its founding in 1953.

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-Large for Barney’s; George Furlan, fashion industry consultant; Mary Gehlhar, author of “The Fashion Designer’s Survival Guide”; Margaret Hayes, President, The Fashion Group International; Nanette Lepore, designer; Fern Mallis, consultant, former IMG Fashion Senior Vice President and creator of New York Fashion Week; Robert Verdi, celebrity fashion stylist; and, Lynn Yeager, legendary fashion writer.  (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DMQczjsCu4U)

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/) 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.

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.
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