May 19, 2014 - Comments Off on Fashion Show at Frankie Manning Centennial
Sunday May 25
9pm (doors open at 8pm)
610 W 56th St, New York, NY 10019
We are really looking forward to participating in a fashion show this Sunday during Frankie 100 weekend! Over 2500 dancers from 47 countries are descending on NYC for five days to celebrate the life and achievements of legendary Lindy Hopper Frankie Manning, who would be turning 100 years old.
Frankie was one of the original dancers of the Savoy Ballroom in Harlem, who then went on to lead and choreograph multiple dance troupes, and perform in several feature films. After serving in the army during WWII, Frankie settled down as a family man and postal worker for 30 years. It wasn't until the 1980s during the swing dancing revival that Frankie was brought back to his glory. I was lucky enough to take a weekend of workshops from Frankie in Oakland, CA in 2000, during my first foray with Lindy Hop.
In the spirit of the evolution of the dance, the fashion show will display vintage looks from the 1920s-40s, along with contemporary designers inspired by the various eras. We'll be showing a selection of styles from the Nicole Lenzen Eva Collection - elegant, feminine silhouettes designed and tailored for movement, channeling vintage inspiration through a modern design eye.
We are excited to share the stage with menswear designer Chloe Hong traveling in from Korea, as well as additional talented clothing and accessories designers and vintage collectors. After the show we plan to dance the night away to Gordon Webster supported by not one - but two - bands, and countdown to Frankie's 100th.
We hope to see you at the show!