Monday, April 9, 2007

Your Town-Gen Art By Kathleen Giordano

On May 17, 2005, thirty aspiring designers from around the world were hoping and silently praying to not only be discovered, but for the highest honor of being the winner of Gen Art's Seventh Annual Styles 2005 International Design Competition.There were over 850 entries. These designers, representing twenty-nine states from the U.S. and twenty-six other countries, were competing for over $35,000 in prize money. The event was open to anyone who has been designing for seven years or less, and just getting nominated gave these young people much visibility and the opportunity to meet very important people
These up and coming designers presented their designs to an elite panel of judges who included top designers Cynthia Steffee, Catherine Malandrino, Norma Kamali, Zang Toi, Jill Stuart, model Maggie Rizer, Harper's Bazaar's editor Brana Wolf, Fashion TV's host Mary Alice Stephenson, Neiman Marcus' Fashion Director Joan Kaner, and stylist Rebecca Weinberg.Mariel Hemingway co-hosted the event with her gorgeous daughter and Ford model Dree Crisman.
About Gen Art:Gen Art is an organization that inspires and supports young talent in not only the fashion and design arena, but also in film, music and visual arts. This year alone, Gen Art will produce more than 100 events in eight cities while maintaining and operating offices in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Miami and Chicago. Gen Art was conceived in 1993, by brothers Ian and Stefan Gerard out of Ian's law school's dormitory kitchen. Their first exhibition was produced in 1994, and they have skyrocketed since that time. For more information on Gen Art please contact Lauren Nowell at Dan Klores Communications (212) 685-4300

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