CLEVELAND, April 29, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Fashion Week Cleveland (FWC) 2016 makes its presence known in the world of fashion, apparel and design by way of a series of events held in Cleveland, Ohio during the first week of May. Fashion Week Cleveland is a multifaceted, week-long experience including a "GlamJam" music fashion event, "Fashion on Film", a "Retail Showcase/Retail's Night Out!" and a "Night at the Museum" education program and museum party at The Cleveland History Center. The crescendo of the week is a black-tie dinner, reception and Designer Runway Shows on May 7th at The Arcade Cleveland. The week begins and ends at The Vault at The Metropolitan at The 9 on April 30th and May 7th.
At the May 7th events, Fashion Week Cleveland features the founder of New York Fashion Week, Fern Mallis. Mallis will be the keynote speaker at the FWC Speaker Series and is special guest at the Runway Shows. Mallis will also host "Fashion Lives: Fashion Icons with Fern Mallis"—a book signing. Mallis led the movement to expand fashion week events to cities such as Los Angeles, Miami, Berlin and Mumbai. She served as executive director of The Council of Fashion Designers of America, and was Senior Vice President of IMG Fashion from 2001 to 2010. Mallis' participation in Fashion Week Cleveland 2016 is a testament to FWC's national and international presence.
Craig James, co-founder of Cat-Strat Services and Fashion Week Cleveland 2016 PR Director asserts, "Fashion Week Cleveland's ascent and success is significant to Cleveland's overall resurgence. It's not just about fashion—it's about education, energy, entertainment, retail and design. Fashion Week Cleveland's existence demonstrates that Cleveland's historic leadership in the garment industry has evolved to present-day leadership in design, fashion and culture."
About Fashion Week Cleveland
Fashion Week Cleveland was founded by Dr. Donald C. Shingler in 2002. Dr. Shingler's vision is to ignite the return of a world-renown retail garment district to the City of Cleveland. Prior Fashion Week Cleveland events have featured notable fashion icons such as:
- Fern Mallis — Creator of New York Fashion Week and former VP of Fashion at IMG
- Ted Kim — Former Anne Klein VP of Design / Creative Director at RAV
- MoMo Falana — Designer of clothing for Sarah Jessica Parker's character, Carrie Bradshaw, in the hit television series; "Sex and the City."
- Wendy Pepper — Project Runway, Season 1
- Althea Harper — Project Runway, Season 6
- Kristen Haglund — 2008 Miss America
- Magnolia & Lace — Formal Wear Design House
- Tad Boetcher — Tad by TadB
- Nary Manivong — NAHM and Nary Manivong
2016 is expected to be the most exciting year yet for Fashion Week Cleveland. 600+ attendees are expected to attend the May 7th events alone.
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