NEW YORK, Dec. 3 /PRNewswire/ -- As part of the 10th anniversary for Sean John and the 50th anniversary of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Sean John is pleased to announce that they will dress the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater's talented men's dance team in Sean John Fine Tailored suits, dress shirts and ties for the 50th Anniversary Gala tonight, Wednesday, December 3, 2008. At approximately 9:00pm, over 1,200 guests will arrive for the gala party at the Sheraton New York, for dinner and dancing in the Metropolitan Ballroom, transformed into a sparkling landscape with decor inspired by the timeless grace of Revelations, the masterpiece created by Alvin Ailey. All of Ailey's male dancers will kick off the season in style, making a red carpet entrance donning Sean John and wearing limited edition Ailey Movado Museum Dial Timepieces. Ailey's female stars will wear gowns provided by acclaimed fashion designers Badgley Mischka. Proceeds from the gala will help to ensure the continued growth and vitality of all of Ailey's important programs -- from the creation of inspiring new works to scholarships for talented young dancers to innovative outreach programs.
Artistic Director Judith Jamison will host the Opening Night Gala with Oprah Winfrey as their Honorary Chair and Honored Guest. Prominent figures in the worlds of entertainment, business, philanthropy and politics will join in celebrating Ailey's rich legacy at the performance and party that follows at The Sheraton New York as the Empire State Building shines in golden tribute.
About Sean John
Sean John, a privately held company, was created by music icon and producer Sean "Diddy" Combs and made its fashion debut with a men's sportswear collection for the spring 1999 season. In 2004, Sean "Diddy" Combs for Sean John was honored by the Council of Fashion Designers of America as Men's Wear Designer of the Year. With annual retail sales in the United States of over $525 million, Sean John is sold in better department and specialty stores across the country, as well as select retailers around the world. In 2006 Sean John, in partnership with Estee Lauder Companies, launched its signature men's fragrance, Unforgivable, which remains one of the highest selling men's fragrance in department stores in America. Its feminine counterpart launched in the fall of 2007 and continues to be one of the best selling scents in the category.
About Alvin Alley
Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater (AAADT), America's Cultural Ambassador to the World, grew from a now fabled March 1958 performance in New York that changed forever the perception of American dance. Today, led by Artistic Director, Judith Jamison, AAADT has performed for an estimated 21 million people in 48 states and in 71 countries on 6 continents, including two historic residencies in South Africa, promoting the uniqueness of the African-American cultural experience and the preservation and enrichment of the American modern dance. Alvin Ailey Dance Foundation, Inc. is the umbrella organization which includes AAADT; Ailey II (1974) a junior performing company of emerging young dancers and innovative choreographers; The Ailey School, (1969) one of the most extensive dance training programs in the world; Ailey Arts In Education & Community Programs which brings dance into the classrooms, communities and lives of people of all ages; and The Ailey Extension, dance and fitness classes for the general public.
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