Inspiración del Perú, May 11th
Sponsored by the Peruvian Consulate of Seattle
Runway Shows @ 5:15pm and 8:15pm
Join us for an exquisite evening of international art and fashion — inspired by the richly diverse country of Perú — in the effort to conserve the largest rainforest.
5PM-10PM | Peruvian Marketplace: connect with artisan chocolatiers and fine artists, while serenaded by live music.
5:15PM & 8:15PM | Runway to Peru: experience live performances and runway exhibits featuring international designers; Matinee Ready-to-Wear Show and Evening Couture Show & Gala.
5:15PM | Ready-to-Wear Show: Evelyn Brooks, Zaraid Ancassi Cárdenas, Víctor Solano Quispe, Griela Pérez Paredes, Claudia Falconi, Beyond Threads, and Astrid Vidalon.
8:15PM | Couture Show & Gala: Augusto Manzanares, PRIVAT, José Zafra, and Francisco Hernández.
7:30PM | VIP Chocolate Tasting Hour: taste the bitters of cacáo-infused cocktails followed by the sweetness of chocolate hors d'oeuvres
9PM | Auction to Save the Rainforest: bid in silent and live auctions, including one-of-a-kind artisan goods, custom couture, and exclusive travel experiences.
10PM | Official Afterparty: At Fred Wildlife Refuge- free with VIP Ticket or Friends of the Rainforest Pass.(available here).
*VIP program also includes access to VIP Room, goodie bags, and exclusive meet-and-greet with international designers and runway models.
You are cordially invited to Inspiración del Perú, a day-long program featuring Runway to Peru — where international highfashion meets rainforest conservation.
Help us in saving the largest unprotected rainforest located in the Peruvian Amazon and to create a space where diverse peoples can share and celebrate their unique stories and experiences.
All proceeds support rainforest reforestation, wildlife conservation, and sustainable agriculture through 501(c)(3) nonprofit Hoja Nueva.
COLLABORATION: JOSÉ ZAFRA
Jose Zafra produces ambiguous, sensual, strong-yet-delicately-sweet designs. He seeks to capture the feminine essence through beautiful lace, seductive transparencies, sophisticated embroidery, and other details that give this collection delicate harmony.
COLLABORATION: AUGUSTO MANZA
Augusto Manzanarez lived in Lima for 21 years before moving to New York City. Manzanarez is inspired by a modern vision of NYC and his pride in his Peruvian background. Manzanarez has been commissioned by Giovanna Battaglia, Paris Hilton, Patricia Field, David La Chapelle, Sandra Lee, Azaelia Banks, and others.
Raised by one of the most famous Marinera costume designers, garment-making is natural for the Privat siblings. As a student, Maria Lucia assisted her brother Gerardo with fashion shows and photoshoots in Lima. After years of experience across all skills in the fashion industry, Maria Lucia Privat is now the director of PRIVAT.
COLLABORATION: BEYOND THREADS
Designer Cristina Dioguardi is inspired by her love for her native country of Peru and established Beyond Threadsin 1992, co-designing with her longtime friend Alejandra Bedoya. Traveling to Peru several times each year, Cristina works with small to medium-sized factories and cottageindustries tohelpthemproduceexclusive products. Master artisans are employed atevery stage in the manufacturingprocess, and many garments require hand-finishing. Beyond Threads strives to use natural sustainable fibers and work with groups that follow fair trade practices.
COLLABORATION: CLAUDIA FALCONI
Claudia Falconi is a Peruvian designer whose clothes are an artistic expression of Peruvian textures and colors.
Her latest collection, Andean Fashion Collection 2016, is inspired by the Peruvian Andes. The diverse, colorful, and handmade Andean fabrics made by local communities in Cusco are combined with more common textures, such as corduroy, organic cotton, and denim.
COLLABORATION: COLLAGE CLOTH
Collage is a multidisciplinary design project that began late in 2012 in Lima, Peru by graphic designer Zaraid Ancassi and artist Victor Solano Quispe. At its essence is a warm and simple language reflected by creative, one-of-a-kind designs. They put forward ready-to-wear, uniquely relevant work that differentiates them from any other spaces and design workshops. Collage is a living platform that continuously adapts across multiple disciplines, especially the textile industry. The project is built from a myriad of backgrounds in graphic arts, industrial design, fashion design, and communication sciences.
COLLABORATION: EVELYN BROOKS
Evelyn Brooks found her company in 2004 with the vision of designing, producing, and manufacturing eco-friendly jewelry that would represent the rich millenary history of Peru. Her pieces are currently sold at over 80 boutiques and galleries worldwide. Her collection uses natural seeds from the Peruvian Amazon that are carefully handpicked. For centuries, Peruvian huayruro (why—ee-ru-ro) seeds have been a symbol of prosperity, love and happiness.
Griela Perez of Las Polleras de Agus is proud to represent the incredible diversity of Perú through art and handicraft. This collection incorporates the palette of the Peruvian mountain range, colorful skirts, Huancayo flowers, Cusquenian tones and the elegance of Peruvian provinces.
COLLABORATION: Astrid Vidalon
Astrid Vidalon’s brand offers ethically produced jewelry and clothing, combining Peruvian traditions with contemporary trends. Each product has a story to tell about the beliefs and traditions of the people involved in the making of the product. Astrid incorporates the seed work of the remote Awajun community, cultivating their artistry while generating a sustainable economy in harmony with their environment.
PERFORMER: JASON OKAMOTO
Born in Portland, Oregon, Jason Okamoto has forged his own sound combining classical, gypsy, and Latin American styles. Using a classical nylon string guitar and incorporating live looping, Jason pays tribute to his music influences regularly throughout the Pacific.
PERFORMER: Kirra Lien
Kirra Lien is part Raven, part human. She is dedicated to contributing beauty to a chaotic world. A decade of ballet training brings precision, grace, and strength to her performances. Inspiration is drawn from the natural world where true beauty resides, and real peace can be found.
PERFORMER: Umario and Natalya
Umario Diallo and Natalya Zrazhevskaya have been dancing together since 2013, and are some of the youngest professional dancers in the DanceSport industry. Specializing in the International Latin and Show-Dance divisions, they have become known all over the world for their choreography and dance films.
Janice Ibarra is a 24 year-old DJ, Co-founder of Women Weed WiFi, Moksha Seattle Affiliate, yogi, music/fashion lover and celestial being. She infuses sound, style and spirit to formulate an invigorating way of life. Her ultimate purpose is to draw others out of their standard way of existence, engulfed by their inner senses.
Special guest: Jose Iniguez
Growing up in the small Washington farming community of Mattawa, Jose developed a profound love for two very different styles of music, classical opera and that of the traditional mexican mariachi.
Jose is one of the few artists in the country that meets Italian opera aria with selections of traditional Latin American style. Boleros are traditionally made in Latin America with a mariachi band, but Jose has been working with Latin American composers in the Transcription of mariachi music for the piano, something that rarely, if ever, done in the United States.
We are excited to have Jose Iniguez with us on May 11th!
special Guest: Tannya Bernadette
Tannya Bernadette is a personal shopper and wardrobe stylist who helps clients to discover their own unique style. She can easily combine texture, colors, and trends to produce and effortlessly pull together a look on any budget. Clients include Marketing Directors at Starbucks, Tech Savvy individuals at Microsoft, Managers at Boeing, and more. They appreciate her ability to understand and interpret their creative vision, yet stay true to their personal aesthetics.
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Special guest: Jason Pillay
Jason Pillay is commonly recognized for his eccentric, innovative and empowering mix-match on personal style. By constantly stepping outside of his comfort zones and his love for experimenting with different colors, textures and out of the ordinary elements, he has sharpened himself into a connoisseur of interpreting and understanding various individual styles. Graduating with a diploma in Fashion while simultaneously dipping his toes into the fashion scene, Jason has enthralled in creative styling for socialites, artists, celebrities and product brand editorials. Notably he has an unremitting devotion to supporting the local fashion scene and juggling between the roles of a freelance stylist, working for a luxury retailer, managing the role of creative director for his dance group, backstage coordination at fashion shows and occasionally working in the costume department of Vancity’s thriving film industry.
SUSTAINABILITY: HOJA NUEVA
Hoja Nueva is a dynamic 501(c)(3) nonprofit based out of Seattle working in the Piedras region of Madre de Dios, Perú. Their focus is centered on integrating research, conservation, education, and reforestation into their everyday permaculture practices while collaborating with local NGOs and agricultural associations. Hoja Nueva is working to create a sustainable, just cacao marketplace focused on the direct relationship between the farmer, buyer, and consumer. They have the opportunity and obligation to work with existing and colonizing communities to establish more sustainable development and agriculture practices that increase standards of living while concurrently maintaining healthy forests.
Awamaki is a nonprofit that empowers rural Andean women with skills and training, connects them to market opportunities, and enables them to earn a more livable income so they can provide for their families. In the Peruvian marketplace, Awamaki will share ethically-sourced handmade goods made by women artisans in the rural mountains near Ollantaytambo, Cusco, Peru. Awamaki artisans knit, weave, spin and sew while they learn business skills that put them on the road to economic independence.
Join us in celebrating the impact of this diverse community and collectively transform people’s lives!
SUSTAINABILITY: indi chocolate
indi chocolate searches the world for the best-tasting beans and work with cacao farmers and cooperatives to sustainably make their delicious chocolate. They handcraft artisan chocolate in small batches in order to bring out the amazing flavors in their bean-to-bar chocolate. indi chocolate uses the fewest and best ingredients to give you the greatest chocolate experiences. In addition to making chocolate, indi chocolate also makes cacao-based body care products, chocolate chai tea, spice rubs, and infusion kits for infusing your favorite spirit.
We are very excited to have them join us for Inspiración del Perú in our marketplace!
NOVICA connects artisans from across the globe to an international market in their mission to promote fair trade, local development, and happiness around the world. NOVICA promotes fair prices, no binding contracts, and the freedom for artists to make a success of their craft by building a sustainable business. Local art experts based in every region provide artisans with all the backup they need, from product development advice to quality control assistance. We're very pleased to have NOVICA join us for our event!
ART: William Hernandez
William Hernandez trained at Lima's Escuela Nacional de Bellas Artes (1995-2002), and moved to Portland in 2009. He creates both figurative and abstract paintings with his distinct vision, incorporating intense colors, warm figures and humor. The work of William Hernandez has been exhibited in galleries and cultural centers from Lima to Portland and Seattle, including Instituto Cultural Peruano Norteamericano, Centro Cultural de Espana, and several venues around Portland.
SUSTAINABILITY: TEN THOUSAND VILLAGES
Ten Thousand Villages is an exceptional source for unique handmade gifts, jewelry, home decor, art and sculpture, and textiles representing the diverse cultures of artisans in Asia, Africa, Latin America and the Middle East. One of the world's largest fair trade organizations and a founding member of the World Fair Trade Organization (WFTO), the company strives to improve the livelihood of tens of thousands of disadvantaged artisans in 38 countries. Ten Thousand Villages' mission is to create opportunities for artisans in developing countries to earn income by bringing their products and stories to our markets through long-term fair trading relationships.