Nov. 7, 2016 (DALLAS) – Fashion for a Passion presented by Audi Dallas gave guests from all over the Dallas community a fresh take on Asian American fashion, music and art at its 8th annual event on Oct. 29 at new venue sixty five hundred. Through sponsorships, ticket sales, live and silent auctions, a raffle and additional donations, more than 350 glamorous guests gathered together to raise more than $26,000 net, all of which benefit the mission of Against The Grain Productions, a Dallas-based non-profit, with its supported orphanages and underprivileged children in Asia, scholarship fund and community outreach programs for 2017.
“As a small 100% volunteer-run organization, we are so proud of what our board, ambassadors, advisors, volunteers, sponsors and Asian American artists accomplish together as as a team year after year to bring a top-notch event to the Dallas community,” said Against The Grain President and Co-Founder Tammy Nguyen Lee. “This year’s theme was about being a tribe – and we proved that we could come together with our passion and commitment to a cause.”
As one of Dallas’ hottest fashion tickets and fall charity events, the evening showcases and celebrates emerging Asian American artists and musical performers. More significantly, it has become a place to discover talent, becoming a launch pad for then up-and-coming designers such as Khanh Nguyen of Nha Khanh and Jerry Matthews of Nine Muses, who have all gone on to notable fashion careers.
The event featured live entertainment, a silent auction, art exhibit, fashion show with live auction, tasty bites by Chino Chinatown, cocktails courtesy of Ben E Keith and concluded with an extended wrap-party with music by DJ Super T for guests, artists and volunteers to mix and mingle until midnight. Young Asian American entertainers stole the stage this year as they helped kick off the show. Seven year-old Ayden Nguyen delighted audiences with his hip hop moves, while pre-teens The Sun and Stars sang cover favorites. Kollaboration Dallas Singers Jessica Kim and Mijee Park also dazzled the audience with their musical stylings. Yut And The Hot Four returned again to accompany stunning models (provided by Page Parkes, Clutts Agency and Dragonfly Agency and with hair and make-up styled beautifully by Dianne Gomez and her team from Essensuals London) as they walked down the runway created by Magic Moments in looks from Nine Muses, recent UNT graduate Victoria Lin, eco-friendly-design collaborators Cykochik x Nikki Li, Danh Ta and Houston-based Danny Nguyen Couture.
Artists whose works were both on display and for auction included Sarah Hickey, Jin-Ya Huang, Susan Yu Petty, Tram Vo and ATG Artistic Scholarship finalists Xian Boles, Michelle Dominado and Michelle Kim.
CEO of The Smithee Group Ben Smithee and former Miss Asia Houston Dr. Diana Tran-Yu, who were both past Groundbreakers Speak panelists, were this year’s emcees.
Photography was generously provided by:
Praise for Fashion for a Passion:
“It always means so much to me to be a presenting designer. This charity and event is something that I am very passionate about, and everyone involved feels like family. This year especially was so fun, and I can’t wait until next year.” – Jerry Matthews, Designer and Creative Director of Nine Muses
“This is my first year being a part of Fashion for a Passion. As a recent graduate, I was so excited to participate in this opportunity that ATG has created for emerging Asian American Artists… As the only non-established designer from the group, I feel motivated to inspire other artists to chase their dreams and to never give up… I hope one day my unique voice and story can be heard by many people. I want to let other artists understand the importance of trusting themselves and going against the grain. Having the courage to take action and break through any barriers in pursuit of your passion.” – Victoria Lin, Designer
“It was an honor to be a Presenting Designer for the third time at FFAP! It was more special this year being able to present a 100% eco-friendly and ethical vegan collection of handbags and apparel in collaboration designer Nikki Li. We wanted to show that fashion can be fabulous without harming people, animals, or our planet!” – Nikki Duong Koenig, Founder of Cykochik
“Being a featured designer at FFAP for a second time was just as exciting and meaningful to me. ATG has provided me with a way to challenge myself as a designer while also being able to give back to a wonderful cause. ATG has also helped me find acceptance within the Asian community. I never had the chance to get in touch with my Asian roots as a kid, and it was always such an interesting and mysterious part of my background. Finally collaborating with fellow vegan, Nikki [Duong Koenig] of Cykochik, is one of the biggest milestones for my carries, and I feel as I am ready to begin planning the launch of my own vegan, ethnical line.” – Nikki Li, Designer
About ATG Against The Grain Productions, Inc.
ATG Against The Grain Productions, a Dallas-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, promotes Asian American cultural awareness through compelling media projects and raises funds for international orphanages and underprivileged children. In addition to hosting outreach events, it also awards annual scholarships to exemplary Asian American student artists and leaders. ATG produced the feature documentary, Operation Babylift: The Lost Children of Vietnam, which has screened at more than a dozen film festivals nationwide and received the Audience Choice Award for Best Feature Film at the Vietnamese International Film Festival and the Documentary Audience Choice Award from the Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival. ATG will begin production on its second documentary, Light of Day, uncovering untold stories of domestic violence in the Asian community in 2017. For more information, visit www.AgainstTheGrainProductions.com or www.TheBabylift.com.
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