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Dallas Opera to Launch FIRST SIGHT Fashion Show and Luncheon, 10/24

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The Dallas Opera, inspired by the incredible success of FIRST NIGHT festivities that mark the opening of each new season, is delighted to introduce an extraordinary spin-off: The FIRST SIGHT Fashion Show and Luncheon featuring the work of five outstanding and internationally renowned Dallas-based designers with their breathtaking interpretations of the operas that will take centerstage next season in addition to sumptuous fashions by ESCADA, an international brand synonymous with the highest quality and luxury. This celebration of great opera and fabulous fashion will take place on Thursday, October 24, 2013 in the acclaimed Margot and Bill Winspear Opera House at the AT&T Performing Arts Center, presented by J.P. Morgan.

The pre-show reception beginning at 10:00 a.m. will set the mood for the fun that follows as the Shannon and Ted Skokos Stage is transformed into a glamorous high-fashion runway to showcase the imagination and talent of five of fashion's most creative designers:

ELIZABETH ANYAA

MICHAEL FAIRCLOTH

ABI FERRIN

KHANH NGUYEN

And NICOLAS VILLALBA

The fashion show will be capped by a sit-down luncheon at 11:45 a.m. in the Winspear Lobby, artfully prepared by Puck Catering.

Explains FIRST SIGHT & FIRST NIGHT Chair, Lynn Mock: "The overwhelming public interest in the fashion element of FIRST NIGHT prompted us to expand our vision to match the creativity of an iconic brand, ESCADA, as well as these five incredible designers. By giving them the spotlight, exclusively, in this very special event, we hope to excite and engage our patrons while giving art and fashion their due.

"It's a perfect extension of the FIRST NIGHT celebrations," Ms. Mock adds.

Following their unveiling at FIRST SIGHT, these one-of-a-kind creations inspired by the operas and theme of the 2013-2014 "By Love Transformed Season" will lend an additional air of excitement to the red carpet on Opening Night.

Several fashion-savvy style leaders are lending their expertise to the Dallas Opera's inaugural FIRST SIGHT, including Event Architect Jeffrey Horn FPLtd. and Event Designer Larry Leathers.

"There is nothing more glamorous and elegant than our talented designer creations, with ESCADA fashion; all showcased inside the beautiful Winspear Opera House," says Fashion Show Producer Rhonda Sargent Chambers. "I am thrilled!"

Table sales packages are now available for FIRST SIGHT & FIRST NIGHT that offer additional invitations to exclusive patron parties and events. Individual seats will be made available at a later time (subject to availability). For more information or to reserve your table now, contact Dallas Opera Special Events Manager Tracy Mott at tracy.mott@dallasopera.org or by calling 214.443.1063.

FIRST SIGHT DESIGNERS

Elizabeth Anyaa, Fashion and Textile Designer: Born in Sierra Leone in West Africa, Elizabeth Anyaa began sewing her own clothes by the age of seven. The winner of scholarships and grants to study textile design in Finland, after earning her B.A. in Fine Arts, she became the head textile designer for a prestigious Scandinavian architectural firm before emigrating to the U.S. in 1996. Ms. Anyaa pursued graduate studies in fine art, marketing and fashion design in Maryland and Texas, winning the "Best of Show" Career Day fashion competition organized by Fashion Group International and a scholarship which enabled her to continue her studies in London. Today, she is a resident artist at South Side at Lamar in Dallas. Her fashions have appeared on singer Erykah Badu, and in publications including Women's Wear Daily and The Dallas Morning News.

Michael Faircloth, Fashion Designer: Michael Faircloth opened his first couture salon in Dallas thirty years ago and today enjoys an international clientele that heralds his sense of cut, and discriminating eye for graceful detail. Former First Lady Laura Bush, a long-established client, thrust him into the national media spotlight when she asked Michael to design her first inaugural wardrobe. His elegant designs are geared toward women who recognize the beauty of a refined aesthetic: "mix the classic with the dramatic and come out with something really feminine."

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