Now in its seventh year, Fashion For A Passion has established a reputation for celebrating the work of Dallas-based Asian American designers. A true passion project of Against The Grain Productions (ATG), proceeds from the annual runway show and fashionable fête benefit the non-profit’s mission to promote awareness and unity of Asian American culture, artistry, and identity.
A noted favorite for DFW Style Daily, we have been on the scene at Fashion For A Passion for many years. We’ve fallen for highlighted designers, including Lucy Dang, Jerry Matthews, Khanh Nguyen of Nhã Khanh, and Vatana Watters of Watters Bridal (Watters Bridal pictured below). Serving as a springboard for emerging talent, many Fashion For A Passion designers have launched booming brands following their appearances. Lucy Dang, for example, took top honors in the 2013 Texas Next Top Designer competition, and went on to win Belk’s Southern Designer Showcase. Nhã Khanh has evolved into a red carpet standout, loved by celebs and carried at Neiman Marcus and Saks Fifth Avenue; while Jerry Matthews of Nine Muses received honors at the 2014 installment of Fashion X Dallas.
Fashion For A Passion 2015 will continue ATG’s series in style, occupying a new venue in the Design District and with a fresh designer line-up. Mark Saturday, November 7, with a gold star on the calendar, and note 7 for Parties as the location of choice. Returning emcee LeeAnne Locken will be joined by co-host Elizabeth Dinh of KTVT CBS 11, with appearances this year by TV hosts Tiffany Hendra and Ben Smithee.
The 2015 Fashion For A Passion presenting designers include Becky Hollands, Radhika Zaveri of Sukan, Joanne Hong of JOLYNN Kids, Nikki Li, Danh Ta, Nicholas Phat Nguyen of Mysterious by NPN, and Vatana Watters of Watters Bridal.
“We are excited to host our 7th annual event at a fabulous new venue…along with seven amazing designers. We really feel the energy of that lucky number and are preparing for an exciting show that will delight our audience,” says Against the Grain President and Co-Founder Tammy Nguyen Lee. “We have a number of returning Asian American designers showing their new lines as well as a few new designers, plus a few surprises up our sleeve – all coming together to benefit the causes we support.”
All photos, credit David Loi Studios.