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Congratulations to Merele Yarborough FSOA 2016 Committee Chair. She is receiving the Houston Community College Design Society Fashion Icon Award at the Passion for Fashion Luncheon.


The luncheon and style show featuring Elizabeth Anthony with fashions from Christian Siriano's 2016 collection on Thursday, March 10, 2016, 12:00 noon at River Oaks Country Club.


The event will benefit the fashion and interior design programs at Houston Community College.
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Passion For Fashion 2016 Awards Luncheon
Press Release : Emerging Talent

Houston, TX – Look to experience an unusual explosion of color on June 10th of 2016. Your senses will be alerted that something extraordinary is about to happen.


This is an event that promises to present extraordinary new talents from near and far. Some have visited this stratosphere before. Others – you may think are completely out of this world. They will convene for an event of eye-popping show-stopping display of tributary creativity. It’s a fashion show… It’s an art exhibit… And it’s all for the sake of art.


For the Sake of Art is a biennial wearable art competition that celebrates the vibrant talent of emerging artists and designers. The event is a fundraiser for the University Museum at Texas Southern University. This year, For the Sake of Art will honor Shelby Marcus and the legacy of artist Kermit Oliver, a Texas Southern art graduate who has achieved worldwide acclaim. Shelby Marcus is the widow of Lawrence Marcus, whose family founded the legendary Dallas department store Neiman Marcus. Kermit Oliver is the only American artist who has designed for Hermès. His art work imprinted on Hermès scarves have become collector's items for women throughout the world. Designers and artists entering For the Sake of Art 2016 competition will base their wearable art designs on a work of art by this distinguished artist.


The stars collide only every two years to raise vital funds and bring awareness of the superlative gem on the campus of Texas Southern University: The University Museum. This museum serves as a beacon for the young and old seeking to enrich their lives through the beauty of world cultures, art and history. You won’t want to miss this event!


Who: The University Museum at Texas Southern University

What: For the Sake of Art Fashion Gala and Wearable Art Competition

When:  Friday, June 10, 2016 @ 7:00pm

Where: Omni Houston Hotel, 4 Riverway, Houston, TX 77056

Seats available from $350 and sponsorships from $3500


For information on tickets and sponsorships, contact: Alvia Wardlaw:  (713) 313-7127



About the University Museum

The University Museum is a non-profit entity which seeks to preserve, document and publish the historic collections of African and African American art as well as the arts of cultures throughout the world. Through special exhibitions, educational programming, and hands on workshops, the museum seeks to make the arts a part of the daily lives of the families, students, and art patrons of the Houston community and beyond. The training of the next generation of young professionals of color in the museum field is an ongoing mission of the museum. For more visit

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