"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.
S. Benedit Productions Ltd Co was founded by fashion designer and community organizer Soreyda Benedit Begley. With 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. S. Benedit Productions 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 2020”. An event about fashion, art, culture and music inspired by Salvador Daliʼs surrealism!
Friday March 13, 7pm: “International Night” - a 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. Music by DJ Bombshell, Female DJ of the year (2019) by Kentucky Urban Entertainment Awards.Fashion and dance showcase by Shuling Studio, Bluegrass Indo-American Society, Casa de la Cultura Hispana de Kentucky, Dance Studio Kalei-Apikai and Bluegrass Ceili Academy. Catering by Perfect Party Planning Lexington. Hair and makeup by Paul Mitchell the School of Lexington.
Saturday March 14th, 7pm: 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.
Music by DJ Bombshell.
The production of this event is being documented by local textile artist and writer Laverne Zabielskie and it will be published as a coffee table book.
Future of Fashion Show by numbers: In 2013, the Future of Fashion show was held at the Lyric Theatre and Cultural Arts center. 35 designers showcased their collections, 20 vendors set up to sale their products, 16 hair and makeup artists, 75 models, 10 photographers, 6 event hostess, 2 DJs, 4 visual artists and over 25 volunteers. Media coverage of FOF2013 Lexington Herald Leader Sophisticated Living Magazine La Voz of Kentucky Mour Magazine Tops in Lexington