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'Fash Bash' exhibits art, fashion at the DIA

Metro-Detroiters enjoy one of Detroit’s most popular annual fundraisers

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Posted: Sunday, August 19, 2012 12:00 am | Updated: 11:49 pm, Thu Apr 11, 2013.

The Detroit Institute of Arts opened its doors Aug. 16 to host ts signature fundraiser “Fash Bash.” Fash Bash quickly became one of Detroit’s most popular and successful fundraisers, drawing a much sought-after “who’s who” crowd from metro Detroit to enjoy an evening of art and fashion. This year, the celebration continued the success of last year’s record-breaking event. Guests were reated to a one-of-a-kind night with incitation placed on the Neiman Marcus “Art of Fashion” show, which was held in the Great Hall. “So many people look forward to these events,” said Teri Brock of Southfield, Mich., a model and student at Wayne State. Brock was excited when she was chosen to walk the runway at Fash Bash this year.

“As a model, you never know when or where your next job will be,” she said. “Here in Detroit, we don’t get the same events like New York or Chicago; most models here in Detroit love being a part

of Detroit and Detroit fashion, but we would love to have the opportunity to branch out to larger markets.”

Fash Bash is just one of the many programs put on by the DIA, which has recently won favor through a millage earlier this month that offers residents of the surrounding counties—Wayne, Macomb and Oakland—free admission into the museum. The new funds will also support extra programming for older visitors and students, as well as expand operating hours.

On Aug. 2, organizers announced that the tickets at the top three levels for the DIA’s signature fundraiser were sold out. But “Fashionably Late” tickets, priced at $75, were still available, providing access to the party at 8:15 p.m., a live feed of the fashion show on the steps of the museum and the post-fashion show “Paparazzi Party Afterglow.”

Guests who were able to grab a ticket to the Fashionably Late pre-show cocktail party and the post-show Paparazzi Party afterglow were able to dance the night away and enjoy an assortment of exotic appetizers and Moët Champagne.

“Last year, I remember walking down Woodward right past the DIA while the event was going on, and I wanted to be a part of the celebration,” WSU student Jason Flowers said. “And now I am here.

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