I’m sure by now, you are starting to get excited about all the events to come to Philly in the PIFA take over that commences on April 7. Not only will these amazing events last for three weeks, but the opening weekend is one you won’t want to miss.
In my last post dedicated to PIFA, I introduced you to Drexel’s Brave New World of Fashion. Continuing with the wonderful topic of fashion, April 8 provides you the opportunity to experience the only night of PIFA Couture, a Paris-inspired runway show in the Kimmel Center’s Commonwealth Plaza.
Taking place on a 60 ft runway, this fashion show will feature work by Carmelita Martell, Sarah van Aken, Jaames Nelson, Katie Ermillo, Bela Shehu, Kristin Haskins-Simms, Priscilla Costa, Janice Martin and Melanie Brandon, as well as students from Drexel University, Philadelphia University, Moore College of Art and Design, the Art Institute of Philadelphia and the University of Delaware.
Additionally, you will have the opportunity to meet native couture designer Ralph Rucci as he is presented with the Visionary Award for Fashion at the VIP Reception at 7 p.m. Rucci’s work has been awarded with numerous awards and he is the only American-based designer invited to participate in the official Paris Haute Couture calendar under his own name. The VIP Reception is followed by the fashion show at 8 p.m.
Stay tuned for more coverage of the Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts through May 1, supported by PIFA.