Fashion Group International Of Dallas hosted their annual Night of Stars Gala on November 4, 2016 at the Fashion Industry Gallery. Like all other years, the night was filled with special guests, whom were honored for high achievements in art, fashion, jewelry design, and interior design. Each year the Night of Stars Gala contributes its proceeds to FGI Dallas Scholarship Foundation. Last year, FGI of Dallas donated $45,000 in cash scholarships and prizes to college students during the annual FGI Scholarship Competition held each May at the Dallas Market Center. This year The Night Of Stars Gala transformed the Fashion Industry Gallery into a floral paradise rightfully named “Monique’s Garden”. Attendees sipped wine and champagne while viewing Monique Luhiller’s spring 2017 collection before being seated in the main dining hall for the awards ceremony. The Night Of Stars Gala is one of my favorite events of the year and truly a fantastic evening for fashion and philanthropy.
THIS YEAR’S HONOREES INCLUDED:
Career Achievement in Fashion – Monique Lhuillier
Art Patron of the Year – Lynn McBee
Lifetime Achievement – Jerry Hall
Career Achievement in Interior/Furniture Design – Allan Knight
Career Achievement in Jewelry – Sue Gragg
Lhuillier, who was honored for her work in fashion, is recognized for her exquisite work in women’s evening wear, particularly, bridal fashion. She opened her first store in Beverly Hills, CA in 2001, after finding success in designing her own wedding dress. Since then, she has added home furnishings, fine china, and handbags to her collection. Born on the island of Cebu in the Philippines, her mother was a model, and her father a diplomat and real estate investor, allowing Lhuillier to grow up in a social and cosmopolitan household that often hosted soirees, ultimately influencing her passion for design.
The Art Patron of the Year, Lynn McBee, has been involved in numerous non-profit organizations throughout the city of Dallas. She is an active board member of the Dallas Opera, AT&T Performing Arts Center, TACA and past chairman of the Board of the Dallas Film Society and the Board of the American Film Institute. Lynn is a member of The Crystal Charity Ball, Charter 100, Dallas Woman’s Club and the Sweetheart Ball. She is also a past president and ball chairman for the Junior League of Dallas and past ball chairman of the Cattle Baron’s Ball. She is also on the board of the Salvation Army of Dallas. She is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin and serves as the CEO of Young Women’s Preparatory Network.
Jerry Hall, a recognized model, television star and actress, was honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award. She was raised in a Dallas suburb and left home at the age of 21 to pursue a modeling career in New York City. By 1977, Hall had been on the cover of magazines like Italian Vogue and Cosmopolitan. As her modeling career took off, Hall expanded into acting and appeared in movies like Urban Cowboy (1980), and Batman (1989).
Allan Knight was honored with the Career Achievement in Interior/Furniture Design award has he been a fixture in the interior design industry for many years. His posh showroom represents more than 40 lines of home furnishings. Knight also carries three of his own brands: Allan Knight Lighting, Allan Knight Acrylic and also the Acrylic Upholstery and Furnishings collections.
For more than 30 years, Sue Gragg Precious Jewels has created exquisite private label and bespoke jewelry for thousands of clients. Gragg’s in-depth knowledge of the ever-changing diamond and precious stone industry has made her one of the most respected jewelers in the world and the perfect fit for the 2016 Career Achievement in Jewelry award. Whether it’s a glamorous fashion piece or a classic diamond ring, the artistry is a cornerstone of Gragg’s commitment to exceptional fine jewelry. The family-owned business provides clients with one-on-one appointments in their Highland Park atelier for a discreet and personalized experience.
In past years FGI of Dallas presented the Lifetime Achievement Award to Linda Gray, Kay Unger, and Morgan Fairchild. Past Career Achievement in Fashion honorees include: Zac Posen, Billy Reid, and Prabal Gurung. Past Art Patron of the Year honorees include: Nancy C. Rogers and Nancy Carlson.
FGI Dallas is part of Fashion Group International, Inc., a global, non-profit, professional organization with more than 6,000 members representing all areas of the fashion industry. Fashion Group International, Inc. provides a high-profile forum to promote the fashion business by hosting events that educated and facilitate the exchange of ideas by giving back to the community.
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