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Violinist and Young Woman Edgar Degas
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Violinist and Young Woman (70.167) — Edgar Degas

Fash Bash®

August 26, 2006, 6:30 p.m.

  • Special Event
  • Fees Apply

The Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA) 36th Annual Fash Bash®, presented by the DIA’s Founders Junior Council (FJC) and Saks Fifth Avenue (SFA) will feature the fall collections of famed designer Elie Tahari. SFA will present Elie Tahari’s contemporary fall 2006 women’s collection and launch the premiere of his men’s collection. Fash Bash® will mark the first Detroit debut of the men’s collection. This year’s event, to be held on Saturday, August 26, will provide a twist and take place on the rooftop of General Motors’ new Beaubien Place parking structure in downtown Detroit, overlooking the Detroit International Riverfront.

“Once again, the museum’s FJC has found a way to blend fashion and fun into an elegant evening,” said Graham W.J. Beal, DIA director. “Fash Bash® patrons have told us that this is a great way to support the arts and we would like to thank FJC for their support of the DIA over the years.”

Elie Tahari has been a trendsetter and one of the most coveted names in women’s fashion for many years. Tahari’s unique talent for dressing refined and sophisticated women has evolved into a fashion powerhouse with a presence on five continents, more than 600 US stores and in five free-standing boutiques.  From a design aspect, Tahari’s designs tell a magical story mixed with a heart full of spirit.

Kim Nye, vice president and general manager of Saks Fifth Avenue is predicting an incredible evening. “The Elie Tahari fall 2006 women’s collection is a mix of sleek silhouettes, soft, flowing fabrics and attention to detail.  We are also extremely excited to host the debut of his men’s collection,” Nye said.  “This year’s Fash Bash® is going to be a modern and glamorous event, and we are thrilled to be a part of one of metro Detroit’s most fashionable traditions.”

“Fash Bash® has always been an important fund-raiser for the DIA and last year was another fantastic success, both in raising funds for the DIA and in rebuilding one of Detroit’s most popular events,” said Joe Posch, FJC president.  "We are thrilled to continue our partnership with Saks Fifth Avenue in bringing together elegance and excitement to benefit the area’s greatest cultural treasure, the DIA.”

Tickets are now available.  Fash Bash® is organized by the Founders Junior Council of the Detroit Institute of Arts. Premium patron packages are available for $750, patron-level tickets are $250 each and sponsor-level tickets are $125 each.  For more information or to purchase tickets, call the Fash Bash® Hotline at (313) 833-6954.

The evening’s events include:

6:30 p.m.         Patrons’ Private Reception with Auction

8:30 p.m.         Sponsors Arrival

9:00 p.m.         Fashion Show featuring Elie Tahari Fall 2006 Men’s and Women’s collections

9:30 p.m.         After Party immediately following the show

 

Sponsors include General Motors, WJBK FOX2, Saks Fifth Avenue, HOUR Magazine, Chase and American Surgical Centers.

 

Founders Junior Council is a group of young professionals dedicated to attracting people to one of Detroit’s greatest treasures, the Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA).  Visit online at www.dia.org.

 

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The Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA), one of the premier art museums in the United States, is home to more than 60,000 works that comprise a multicultural survey of human creativity from ancient times through the 21st century. From the first van Gogh painting to enter a U.S. museum (Self Portrait, 1887), to Diego Rivera's world-renowned Detroit Industry murals (1932–33), the DIA's collection is known for its quality, range and depth.  

The DIA is currently undergoing a major renovation, scheduled for completion in late 2007. The museum remains open with a dynamic schedule of programs and activities for all ages. Visitors can enjoy some of the DIA’s “greatest hits” while the museum prepares for an entirely new installation when renovations are completed.