AHF proudly presents Fashion Arts Autism Benefits (FAAB) Project and the International Runway Show FASHION FOR HOPE on Friday April 7, 2017. This notable event features the incredible artworks created by our FAAB Project artists incorporated into unique fashion designs by Anthony Cruz Legarda and Patis Tesoro. Ticket options include a Matinee Fashion Show at 3pm and the Fashion for Hope Show at 7pm.
FASHION FOR HOPE marks the first year anniversary of our innovative art therapy program and fashion project to help make a difference in the lives of children and youth affected by autism spectrum disorders. Autism is a neuro-developmental disorder that affects the person's social, communication and behavioral capabilities creating serious challenges in learning and development. It knows no boundaries occurring in all racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic groups.
The FAAB Project enables these individuals to courageously overcome such challenges by promoting healthy self-expression, building essential life skills and providing inclusive opportunities in the creative arts. The entire FAAB Project includes an educational art therapy program and a series of fashion shows. The program involves ongoing workshops where students produce original works of art on canvases made of piña cloth. This distinctive fabric is produced from the leaves of a pineapple plant and is indigenous to the Philippines. FAAB artist’s creations are transformed into fabulous outfits, gowns and accessories by distinguished fashion designers and brought to runways around the world.
The FAAB International Runway Show FASHION FOR HOPE is made possible through the collaboration of Autism Speaks, United Nations World Focus on Autism, World Health Organization, Philippine Mission to the United Nations, Philippines Consulate Generals of New York and San Francisco, and the Filipino-American Communities of San Francisco, New York and New Jersey.