Blind European Couture Fashion Designer Pursues His Dreams: Designing with a Vision - Dallas Runway event marks designer's first visit to the U.S.

Apr 07, 2010, 07:00 ET from American Foundation for the Blind

DALLAS, April 7 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The following is being released by the American Foundation for the Blind:  

Who:  Sergey Ermakov, 38,  did not let blindness stop him from pursuing his dream to be a fashion designer. Today Ermakov is one of the biggest names in Ukrainian haute couture, designing exquisite works of art with intricate details of beading, feathers, lace and sequins. He will make his American debut in Dallas with a special line he created just for Dallas.

Ermakov was diagnosed with diabetic retinopathy at age 11 and lost 95 percent of his vision.  Despite his vision loss, Ermakov pursued his dream to be a tailor, followed by costume and theater design, and never lost his drive to follow his passion. He overcame the challenge of working in a very visual and competitive industry; and today is one of the most acclaimed and expensive haute couture designers in the Ukraine.  

What:  With the goal to share his story of living successfully with vision loss, Ermakov will make his American debut in Dallas at Designing with a Vision – an event featuring two posh runway shows at the Dallas Fairmont hosted by the American Foundation for the Blind (AFB) Center on Vision Loss. AFB will honor Ermakov and showcase 30 spectacular dresses valued at more than $150,000.  

For his U.S. debut, Ermakov has created a dress, especially designed with Dallas in mind, valued at more than $10,000. It will be raffled with proceeds benefiting the American Foundation for the Blind Center on Vision Loss in Dallas.  The day's events include:  

  • 10:00 a.m. Blintz and Belini's Bruncheon and Runway Show
  • 12:00 p.m. Trunk Show
  • 6:30 p.m. Evening Runway Show & Cocktail Party

For ticket information and reserved seating contact Abi Erickson at or 214.438.5315. Tickets are available at $50 and up. To purchase tickets for the night event only, go to  

When:  Friday, April 16

Where:  The Fairmont Dallas

1717 N. Akard St., Dallas   75201

Contact:  Sylvia Bodell 214.674.6131/cell    

Lisa Faulkner-Dunne 214.287.1969

Adrianna Montague-Devaud 212.502.7615

SOURCE American Foundation for the Blind