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Designers’ Talent on Display in Fashion Show of Samurai-inspired Outfits at Detroit Institute of Arts - Ten local designers vie to win competition hosted by DIA and Detroit Garment Group Guild

Thursday, May 01, 2014

Contact: Pamela Marcil 313-833-7899 

(Detroit)—Creations by 10 local designers will dazzle the runway in an unusual fashion show at the Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA) on Saturday, May 17, at noon. The fashion show is the culmination of a competition hosted by the DIA and Detroit Garment Group Guild (DG3), in which the designers were challenged to create an outfit inspired by the DIA exhibition Samurai: Beyond the Sword.

The 10 outfits were on view last week at Henry Ford West Bloomfield Hospital, and are currently on view at Warren Community Center, 5460 Arden Rd. through May 4. Their last stop before the DIA fashion show will be at IKEA, 41640 Ford Rd., Canton, May 5–12. The winner will be chosen by the public, who is encouraged to see the displays and vote for their favorite. Voting is also available online at People can vote until 11:59 p.m. May 12 and the winner will be announced at the May 17 fashion show.

The designers are:
  • Narjes Almajidi Detroit Wayne State University student
  • Janna Coumoundouros Clawson Lilacpop Studio
  • Loren D. Jordan Southfield LOJO
  • Sarah Lapinski Detroit Wound Menswear LLC
  • Bonnie Pearce Northville College for Creative Studies student
  • Kelly Sager Ann Arbor Kelly Lynne
  • Bridget Sullivan Grosse Pointe Farms Bridget Sullivan Designs
  • Lena Harbali Ann Arbor Eastern Michigan University student
  • Deanna Zapico Troy         Deanna Zapico
  • Cheryl Zemke Riverview C. Creations
The competitors have been posting blogs and videos about their participation, which can be seen at
DG3 is a nonprofit that provides education and opportunities for Detroit’s fashion community and beyond. Educational programming ranges from an annual fashion conference focused on the business of fashion to an industrial-sewing certification program, coming this fall. For more information about DG3, visit

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Museum hours are 9 a.m.–4 p.m. Tuesdays–Thursdays, 9 a.m.–10 p.m. Fridays, and 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. General admission (excludes ticketed exhibitions) is free for Wayne, Oakland and Macomb county residents and DIA members. For all others, $8 for adults, $6 for seniors ages 62+, $4 for ages 6–17. For membership information, call 313-833-7971.


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’s mission is to create opportunities for all visitors to find personal meaning in art.

Programs are made possible with support from residents of Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties.