Monday, September 04, 2006
Miss Universe 2006 Gowns On Display at FIDM I am honored to announce that last week, the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising in Los Angeles unveiled the display of the two custom gowns I designed for last month's Miss Universe telecast seen around the world. Since I am both an alumni and an instructor at the school, they approached me with the request of showcasing the gowns at the campus. The first gown on display is the paillette-beaded lace with aqua silk charmeuse underlining that hostess Nancy O'Dell (from "Access Hollywood") wore to open the program. The other gown is the one I designed for former "Miss Universe 1997", Brook Lee. It was created using a dark navy and creme flower-print silk charmuese. Brook was kind enough to also loan FIDM, for the first time ever, the actual "Miss Universe" crown she was given as well as the crystal and satin sash she received. These two items alone are valued at more than $2o,ooo! They will be showcased at the Los Angeles campus through October and then , they will make the move to the Orange County campus. If you ever get a chance to be in Los Angeles, please check the display out on the Third Floor, Main campus. Contact Shirley Wilson or Michael Black at 213.624.1200 for more information. They will be more than happy to help you and give you a tour, especially to fans of "Project Runway"!