This show presented the designs of Indian designer Naeem Khan. Naeem is a third-generation designer, as his father and grandfather designed for the Royal Family in India. He apprenticed with American designer Halston and now designs for celebrities here in the United States.
The runway showed off Khan’s Resort 2009 Collection. The stunning designs were created with clean silhouettes that show off luxurious textiles. The models’ hair and make-up were very subdued to emphasize the fabulous fabrics that included intricate beading and embroidered designs. The crowd cried “Ooh-la-la” when a peacock-feathered outfit came down the runway. At the end of the fashion show, Naeem was given a standing ovation for these gorgeous creations. His creations are carried at Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue and other upscale stores. The proceeds for the afternoon went to the Globe Guilders.
For more information visit www.theoldglobe.org
Book fetes Gilbert Adrian
The Museum of San Diego History presented a lecture and book signing about the Hollywood designer Gilbert Adrian in Balboa Park on Thursday, Aug. 7. This fascinating book, “Adrian: Silver Screen to Custom Label,” was written by Christian Esquevin, director of the Coronado Public Library. Christian developed his interest from his great-aunt, who was head cutter-fitter at the RKO Studio Wardrobe Department in the 1930s. Over his lifetime, he has become a collector of classical Hollywood costume design drawings and historian of film costume design.
Adrian, a costume designer at MGM in the 1930s, worked with all the big female stars, such as Greta Garbo, Jean Harlow and Katharine Hepburn. He designed Joan Crawford’s signature oversize padded shoulder look and Dorothy’s ruby slippers for “The Wizard of Oz.” This book covers the Golden Age of Hollywood and includes information on a decade of Adrian Ltd., his private label, and his marriage to actress Janet Gaynor. During this glamorous era, Adrian became an exceptional costume designer who designed more than 200 films.
For a copy of this book about this awe-inspiring designer and his prolific career, visit the bookstore at the San Diego Historic Society in Balboa Park or call (619) 232-6203, ext. 113.
The Old Masters live
The Timken Museum of Art joined with FCC to present an evening of fine art and fashion on Saturday, Aug. 9. This event was called “The Art of Fashion: Tableaux de Mode.” Ten students from Fashion Careers College designed a garment inspired by one of the Timken’s collection of Old Masters paintings. Each student was given a different painting to use as inspiration for their design. Patricia O’Connor, president and founder of FCC, was on hand to greet the guests. The honorary chair was international fashion designer Zandra Rhodes.
Pat O’Connor is a docent of the Timken Museum, which showcases collections of European and American art. This museum is considered one of the finest small museums in the world and currently houses 75 works of art, including paintings, sculpture and icons. The crowd surrounded by all these beautiful pieces of art viewed the models standing in front of their artwork on cubes. The models took turns showing off each creative design in front of their designated work of art. As the evening progressed, these interpretations of art were informally modeled throughout the crowd. This first-time evening was very successful and will become an annual event.
For more information about the Timken Museum, visit www.timkenmuseum.org.
For your information…
ASR (Action Sports Retailer Expo) presents trade and fashion shows for industry professionals at the San Diego Convention Center Sept. 4-6. For more info, visit www.asrbiz.com.
Agenda San Diego presents trade show at the San Diego Concourse Sept. 4-6. For info, visit www.agendashow.com.
Fashion Group International Fashion Week presents “Passport to Style” Sept. 5-13. Includes fashion shows and student scholarship awards. For information, call Felena Hanson at (619) 889.7852.
Prato Cleaners offers free dry cleaning for servicemen and women’s Uniforms in honor of Patriot Day Sept. 8-12 at 472 Third Ave. and 945 J St. One uniform per patron.
The Country Friends (partner with South Coast Plaza) will hold its 53rd annual Designer Runway Show at The Inn at Rancho Santa Fe Sept. 18 at 11 a.m. For more information, call (858) 756-1192.
Strut for Sobriety! Dinner and Fashion Show at Westin Horton Plaza on Saturday, Sept. 20. Call (619) 670-9880 for more information.
Thread Fashion and Lifestyle Show at the Air and Space Museum, Balboa Park, on Sept. 21. For information, see Threadshow.com
Diana Cavagnaro is a nationally recognized hat designer and milliner. Diana has been operating a fashion business for 27 years, the last 17 years in Downtown San Diego’s historic Gaslamp Quarter. She has been teaching in the fashion department at San Diego Mesa College for 17 years. Diana is an active member of the Gaslamp Quarter Association, the American Sewing Guild, the San Diego Costume Council and the Fashion Group International. www.aheadproductions.com