About "Future of Fashion”show was first started by designer Soreyda Benedit- Begley and photographer Richie Wireman in 2009. The first Future of Fashion show was the event the lead to the formation of the non-profit organization, The Lexington Fashion Collaborative. This event became the LFCʼs annual fundraiser until Soreyda step down as director of the organization. The last FOF was held at the Lyric Theatre in 2013, it lasted 3 days. A mini documentary of this show is available here.
With over 30 years of experience in the fashion industry, Soreyda is ready to help develop the next generation of fashion talent in the Bluegrass region. The need for professional training and skill development in the fashion sector are very obvious. Her mission is to help close the gap that exists between the independent designers, the manufacturing sector and the general public (potential clientele).
“Future of Fashion 2022”. An event about fashion, art, culture and music. Presentation of traditional and contemporary fashion and dance from all around the world and a showcase of local designers collections. MCEE, Fashion designer and Miss Wheel Chair Kentucky 2018, Heidi Mackenzie. A silent auction (both nights) benefiting La Casa de la Cultura de Kentucky. Dance showcase by Shuling Studio, Bluegrass Indo-American Society, Casa de la Cultura Hispana de Kentucky, Dance Studio Kalei-Apikai, Bluegrass Ceili Academy and America Dominicci. Pop-Up Shop of local and regional artists. Catering by Perfect Party Planning Lexington. Hair and makeup by Paul Mitchell the School of Lexington.
Featured Designers: Sarah Jane Estes, Polly Singer Couture Hats, Brent Brashear, Soreyda Benedit-Begley, Krista Shah, Mary Violet, Woosley, Lovely Fanyinka and Qi Zhou
Silent Auction of art and other items to benefit Casa de la Cultura Hispana de Kentucky
The “Sarah Estes Sustainable Design” competition. Up to 10 local and regional designers will be selected to create two looks: one ready to wear and one avant-garde. At least 60% of the material used on their designs has to be hemp fiber. They will present their looks in a runway show. The top winner will receive $1000 and a feature in a fashion editorial in Sophisticated Living Magazine. Judges includes America Next Top Model contestant Laura Kirkpatrick and Sophisticated Living Magazine editor in Chief, Bridget Williams. Special guests includes Miss Kentucky Latina and Miss Teen Kentucky Latina 2019. Guest designer, Patrick Powell. Musical performance by LaKyya Washington, dance performance by Blackbird Dance Theatre and a “Colored Girls” excerpt by Message Theater. Pop-Up Shop of local and regional artists.
Music by DJ Bombshell.
Featured collections: Once Upon a child and Plato's Closet clothing showcase. Private vintage couture collection lend by Cornelia Vaug.
Feature designers: Andrea Junca, Laverne Zabielski, Josh Samples, Alvina Maynard and Guest designer Patrick Howell
"Sarah Jane Estes Sustainable Design Competition" Designers:
1-Karmari Boyd-Louisville, KY
2-Edward Taylor-Louisville, KY
3-Lovelace Fanyinka-Lexington, KY
4-K. Chainey Turner-Georgetown, KY
5-Meriah Kruse-Lexington, KY
6-Krista Shah-Richmond, KY
7-Melissa Biliter, Nicholasville, KY
8-Yolantha Harrison-Pace-Danville, KY
9-Joanne Hope Skiles Couch-Nicholasville, KY
10-Brent Brashear-Lost Creek, KY
11-Briana Armstong-Lexington, KY
12-Qi Zhou-Broomfield, CO
13-Samantha Jean Moore- Lexington, KY
14-Mary Violet Woosley-Nashville, TN