Monday, October 19, 2009

Badgley Mischka To Preview Their Newest Fashion Line During the Alvin Ailey Opening Gala

Alvin Ailey dancers from last years 50th Anniversary Gala,
wearing Sean John.

Alvin Ailey dancers along with the designers of Badgley Micshka,
wearing the designs of last years 50th Anniversary Gala.

The "beautiful and forever elegant" Artistic
Director of The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Judith Jamison.

Dancers from the Alvin Ailey School of Dance will be among the first to wear gowns from Badgley Mischka’s new line Mark & James. The line makes its debut in November, but some of the dancers attending the Ailey Opening Gala on Dec. 2 will wear dresses from the line. Male dancers will sport suits from Sean John to the Dec. 2 event. The gala will kick off the five week New York City Center season and honors Judith Jameson’s 20th year as artistic director. The event, which raises money for the Ailey scholarship fund and children’s education programs, will be hosted by honorary co-chairs Pauletta and Denzel Washington.

Featured design from the new Mark and James brand.

With the present economy being the way it is, designers have to come up with more affordable ways to reach consumers and this is their answer to keeping the customer satisfied. Mark Badgley and James Mischka seem to have the pulse on what women want. The contributed some of their designs worn by the dancers during last years 50th Anniversary Gala.

To review the collection or to get an idea of what they'll be wearing, click here. Most of you may know that this is not the first time that there has been a collaboration between designers and dance troupes. Designers have created many of the costumes worn by several dancers when introducing newer works to be seen by dance patrons for decades.

Today, led by Artistic Director, Judith Jamison, AAADT has gone on to perform for an estimated 21 million people in 48 states and in 71 countries on six continents, including two historic residencies in South Africa. The company has earned a reputation as one of the most acclaimed international ambassadors of American culture, promoting the uniqueness of the African-American cultural experience and the preservation and enrichment of the American modern dance. As always this is an event you don't want to miss, so be sure to purchase your tickets way in advance to support a good cause.

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