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Our Annual Gala is the most exciting time of the year for United Colors of Fashion as we celebrate the last year and recognize exceptional individuals for their contributions philanthropically and to the arts. UCOF is excited to present our third international runway show featuring seven renowned designers from around the world, including Marc Bouwer (South Africa), David Tlale (South Africa), Naked Ape by Shaldon Kopman (South Africa), Ron & Ron (Haiti/USA), Kosibah by Yemi Osunkoya (United Kingdom), Sukeina (USA) and Carmen Marc Valvo (USA). Jan Malan is our show’s Producer, Sandi Bass is our Casting Director and Christine De Lassus is our Stylist. We are also extremely proud to showcase the first collection of our top fashion student and Achiever of the Year, Sade Solomon, in a fashion exhibition. Fern Mallis, fashion industry leader and the renowned creator of New York Fashion Week, is the Honorary Chair for the event. Legendary supermodel Pat Cleveland, who walked the runway for UCOF’s gala last year and has made invaluable contributions to the worlds of fashion and the arts, will be honored with the 2013 Lifetime Achievement Award. We are also proud to have Devyn, winner of “THE FACE” modeling reality show, as our gala’s International Fashion Ambassador. The night will also feature a dance presentation by Steps on Broadway as well as the opportunity to put on your own dancing shoes as the dance floor opens with our gala DJ.
As our theme “FAITH. HOPE. FASHION.” perfectly encapsulates what United Colors of Fashion believes in. We remain faithful that our mission will launch the careers of our interns, while we provide hope for their futures and our children in Soweto, South Africa through the transformative medium of fashion. That is what UCOF is all about. The proceeds generated by the gala’s ticket sales are used to fund the costs of running our programs for another year, while 100% of donations are funneled directly to the beneficiaries — our youth.
Join us for an evening to remember as we celebrate our mission to Empower Youth through Fashion.
United Colors of Fashion invites only leading fashion designers from around the world to showcase their work on the runway. All of our selected designers join our Board of Designers for a minimum period of six to twelve months, and serve as mentors and instructors for our fashion students.
Seven international fashion designers will be featured at this year’s gala, including:
Alongside our international designers, UCOF is also proud to premiere the first collection of our Achiever of the Year, Sade Solomon.
United Colors of Fashion would like to thank Zac Posen for dressing the Soprano for our Grand Finale Performance
United Colors of Fashion would like to thank Bibhu Mohapratra for donating a dress for the Silent Auction
Media registration is now open for the 2013 gala. Our PR firm must approve credentials before 12:00pm on Tuesday, October 8th.
Click here to submit your registration.
Click here to download the 2013 Annual Gala Press Kit.
Fashion provides excellent marketing opportunities for companies who want to be recognized globally and nationally by celebrities, stylists and tops fashion designers. The United Colors of Fashion Annual Gala event features some of the fashion industry’s top talent providing an excellent advertising platform for your brand.
For more information about sponsorship opportunities, please click here to download the 2013 sponsorship prospectus or contact:
|Ghislaine Borg||Rishani Patel||Guerschom Francois||Audrey Smaltz|
|Jane Kim||Michelle Mitchell||Carl Nelson||Jeanine-Jeo-Hi-Kim|
|Kamakazii||Eunice Omole||Michelle Travis||Ermione Augustave|
|Herlanda Moise||Deshawn Edwards||Jyoti Halamaker||Aurora Aquino|
|Gorety Archeles||Karen Dupiche||Joe Servilince||Marie Fevrier|
|Jerry Wonder||Rose Reynolds||Niki Seth||Lauren Dibari|
|Elizabeth Hamersley||Tamara Ramos|
|Sandi Bass||Seth Howard||Ciano Clerjuste||Jan Malan|
|Saunak Shah||Debbie Louis||Camille Evans||Gemma Gaisano|
|Stephen Hylton||Claire Livingstone||Kenrick Ross||Inna Isoenkina|
|Michael Narain||Barbara Koning||Brad Armstrong||Anupriya Mehta|
|Dominic Gasparoly||Lorenzo Torres||Dayanara Tater||Neepa|
|Wladimir Gilbert||Donnie Atis||Ermione Augustave||Kimberly Magness|
|Ombre||Michelle Mitchell||Michelle Travis||Lovely Atis|
|Hugo Uys||Eramene Clerjuste||Fabrice Armand||Kaye Tuckerman|
|Jason Gardner||Karen Lee||Lewis Ndlovu||Christy Francois|
The 2013 Annual Gala & Fashion Benefit are made possible by the United Colors of Fashion Board of Directors. Click here to meet the board of directors.
Official Airline Sponsor
Official Media Partner
Official Hair Sponsor
Official Make-Up Sponsor
Official PR Agency
Official Lighting Sponsor
Official Wine Sponsor
Official Lighting Designer
Official Alcohol Sponsor
Sandi Bass International Group
Jan Malan Umzingeli
Millen Magese Group Ltd
Clyde Frazier Restaurant
Gift Bag Sponsor
Ralph DePas Photography
MVC Management Productions
Bidtec Event Technology
For a behind-the-scenes look at what it’s like to attend our Annual Gala, please watch the Fashion One TV video below for coverage from last year’s gala.