Dallas nonprofit ATG Against The Grain Productions presented its 3rd Annual Fashion for a Passion, a charity event which showcases collections from emerging Asian American designers, on October 1, 2011.
The event was extremely well received, with well dressed men and women, enjoying the elegant evening which included cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, music, and both a live and silent auction.
This year’s roster of talent includes Texas’ Next Top Designer finalist Ann Hoang for Ann Hoang, Cac Lam for CacJudi, Hanh Dang for Lucy Dang, Judy Yang for JudYang, Khanh Nguyen for Nhã Khanh, Kyle Ramirez for Playful Ambitions and Ninh Nguyen for NINH Collection.
ATG Board Committees. Photo Courtesy of Studio Lounge
The 2011 roster is made up of an eclectic mix of designers with diverse styles, influences, educational backgrounds and Asian ethnicities. “I am proud and humbled that these talents have united with us to share their talents and raise money for a worthy cause,” said ATG President/Founder Tammy Nguyen Lee. “It’s sure to be an amazing show that our audience will enjoy.”
Texas’ Next Top Designer finalist Ann Hoang’s collection was named “most classic” by Top Trendsetter International. This will be Hoang’s first time showcasing her collection at Fashion for a Passion, although her designs were on display and auctioned off at last year’s event. “As a mother, I especially feel compassion for these children and want to help out however I can,” said Hoang, who was also Featured in the Italian Fashion Expo.
Designer Cac Lam said she is excited to show the audience her personality and the art of fashion through her eyes. “There is nothing greater to me than expressing my art and passion through my work and helping to improve the lives of others at the same time,” said Lam. Lam attended The Art Institute of Dallas and then decided to launch her own private label under the name of CacJudi. Said Lam, “It’s rare that we get the opportunity to step back from the glitz and glamor of our craft to lend our hearts and hands to those who need them, so I jumped at the chance to participate.”
Hanh Dang, designer of Lucy Dang, received the first place award for her ready-to-wear collection at Fashion Group International of Houston. This is Dang’s first year working with ATG, and she said she is very honored. “I’ve admired FFAP since it started three years ago. At that time, I was working for other designers in NYC but vowed that if I ever started my own business, I wanted to use my abilities to also help this cause.” Dang will showcase her Spring/Summer 2012 collection at FFAP, which she said was inspired by Jane Austen’s classic romance novels.
After spending a month in Paris for intensive training at Paris America Academy, Houston based Chinese American designer Judy Yang advanced her skills in sketching, draping, couture
technique sewing and design processing. This is the second time Yang will share her JudYang collection at FFAP. “It’s a great pleasure working with all the amazing and talented people,” said Yang. “This is a great opportunity to showcase designers’ work, also a great way to support our community.” Yang was a finalist for evening wear for Fashion Group International in Dallas.
Returning designer Khanh Nguyen of Nhã Khanh participated at the past two Fashion for a Passion events and credits the event for launching her name in Dallas. FFAP is the only venue outside of New York that will exclusively show her collection this fall. Nguyen said, “We are very appreciative that we are participating in FFAP for the third year. It is a great opportunity to showcase our art in fashion design amongst other artists to help raise money and awareness for the orphanages in Vietnam.” Nguyen’s work has been featured in several magazines and broadcasts such as The Dallas Morning News, Modern Luxury, D Magazine, F!D Luxe, 33CW and The Style Network.
Recent Art Institute of Dallas graduate Kyle Ramirez is half Thai-half Mexican. He describes his new Playful Ambitions line as playful, feminine and straight-forward. “Most of my designs have Eastern influences mixed with gothic and urban street style,” said Ramirez. “I focus on overall aesthetic and beauty of a garment.” Ramirez was Selected as top 10 for Scion Driving Fashion, showcased his bridal design at Dallas Market Center Bridal Expo for House of India and was a finalist for the Furr Free Fashion national Design Competition.
For the first time, ATG will feature a menswear collection at Fashion for a Passion. Ninh Nguyen, designer of NINH and currently based in New York City, received multiple scholarships to study at Fashion Institute of Technology. “Whether it’s for social or for career reasons, men are displaying a desire to upgrade their wardrobes and use fashion as a vehicle to demonstrate the importance of both,” said Nguyen. He debuted his first collection earlier this year at New York Fashion Week, an event that also gives back to charity. Said Nguyen, “It is with great pleasure to collaborate in this event with ATG and further echo help around the globe. You can’t change the world, but you can change one person at a time.”
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