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ESSENCE & DIDDY TO KICK OFF NY'S FASHION WEEK

 

Essence and Diddy will kick off New York's Fashion Week with Black Style Now.

 

The Opening Gala for Black Style Now will kick off New York's Fashion Week with a star-studded, black-carpet event on Friday, September 8, at the Museum of the City of New York.  The exclusive celebration, in honor of the Museum of the City of New York's groundbreaking exploration of hip-hop style and the Black fashion revolution, is hosted by Sean 'Diddy' Combs.

 

As the first major American exhibition to explore Black fashion, Black Style Now will feature examples of the attire, accessories, and looks that define contemporary fashion; including a strapless fuchsia, velvet gown worn by Lil' Kim to the 2005 Costume Institute Gala, an original wool-pinstripe suit worn by Sean 'Diddy' Combs to the 2006 CFDA Awards, and a custom-designed white and cranberry leather, monogrammed cap made for LL Cool J in the 1980's, to name a few. Opening on September 9, 2006, and running through February 19, 2007, the exhibition will present historic photos, video images and stylized vignettes to reveal how today's fashion is shaped by African-American style.

 

The Black Style Now Opening Gala is a VIP party, offering a special preview of the Black Style Now exhibition, which explores the history of African-American style and the influence of hip-hop on fashion and design. The Black Style Now Opening Gala chairpersons, Essence editorial director Susan L. Taylor, Sean 'Diddy' Combs and Museum of the City of New York President Susan Henshaw Jones, have assembled an illustrious event host committee, including Iman, John Dempsey, William P. Lauder, Susan Fales-Hill, Thelma Golden, Allison Whipple Rockefeller, and Essence editor-in-chief Angela Burt-Murray, among others.

 

"Essence is ecstatic to fete the opening of Black Style Now, with a singular event uniting the entertainment industry with the fashion community to pay tribute to the history of Black style," said Michelle Ebanks, President of Essence Communications Inc. "Congratulations to the Museum of the City of New York for realizing its vision for Black Style Now, a creative and pioneering exhibition reflective of the African-American experience, which Essence proudly celebrates."



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