Thursday, January 21, 2010

Iconic French Fashion House Unveils Scarf to Celebrate Evidence Dance Company

Evidence, A Dance Company's Board Chairman Reginald Van Lee and Evidence founder & Artistic Director Ronald K. Brown at Hermes

A Limited Edition Hermès Scarf to Benefit Acclaimed Dance Troupe

On December 3, 2009, Hermès hosted an elegant reception at its Madison Avenue flagship store in New York for friends and supporters of Evidence, A Dance Company, to celebrate the acclaimed dance troupe’s upcoming 25th Anniversary and to unveil a sumptuous limited edition scarf in the African motif “Voyage en etoffes” to commemorate the milestone. The French design house has been a supportive friend to The Company for several years.

On hand to welcome guests were Maureen Baltazar, Senior Vice President, Hermès; Ronald K. Brown, Evidence, A Dance Company founder and Artistic Director; Reginald Van Lee, Evidence Board Chairman and Joyce Mullins-Jackson, Board Vice Chair along with Board members Joanne Hill, Gail Monroe Perry, and Andrea Hoffman, whose company Diversity Affluence forged the relationship with the luxury goods company.

Fashion doyenne Audrey Smaltz (left) and friends at Hermes

The exquisite silk scarf, bearing a unique pattern inspired by traditional African garb in desert tones of orange and sand, was unveiled at the event by the Evidence team. A portion of the scarves sales will benefit the much loved company. The scarf retails for $375 and is available for purchase at Hermès, 691 Madison Avenue at 62nd Street.

Founded by Ronald K. Brown, Evidence, A Dance Company’s mission is to promote understanding of the human experience in the African Diaspora through dance and storytelling and to provide sensory connections to history and tradition through music, movement, and spoken word, leading deeper into issues of spirituality, community responsibility and liberation. For almost a quarter of a century, Evidence under the artistic direction of Brown has won critical acclaim and performed on stages around the world.

Evidence founder Ronald K. Brown, Robert Chavez, CEO Hermes USA and Evidence Board Member Joanne Hill

Board Chair Reginald Van Lee, Prince Kunle Omilana, Guest, Princess Keisha Omilana; Lee, Board Vice Chair Joyce Mullins-Jackson, Andrea Hoffman, Joanne Hill and Ronald K. Brown

This year Evidence, A Dance Company will honor founder Ronald K. Brown and longtime supporter Chairman of the Board Reginald Van Lee and Booz Allen Hamilton. The evening will begin with cocktails and an online auction of luxury items and once-in-a lifetime experiences, a Hermès boutique followed by a performance of “Grace,” Evidence’s signature piece, dinner, a live auction and special performances by Tony Award winner Jennifer Holliday and jazz great Peven Everett. Famed actress and dancer Victoria Rowell will host the evening. Dress is black tie with a touch of silver.

Ronald K. Brown, Maureen Baltazar, Sr VP Hermes, Reginald Van Lee

Evidence dancers

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1 comment:

Melissa said...

ahhhhh i want a scarf!! i want a scarfff!!! Evidence Dance Company is amazing!