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Melange 2019: New York Fashion Week

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St. Mary's Episcopal Church

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INVITATION

You are invited to join us during New York Fashion Week for our annual celebration, Melange 2019, on September 6 at St. Mary's in Harlem.

Melange is a love movement in the worlds of fashion, art, and culture. At the core, our community exists as a global catalyst for radical self-love that revolutionizes the way we see and interact with each other as individuals and as a community. For years, the origins of Parisian aristocracy and haute couture houses have dictated and imperialized what is considered "beautiful," contributing to negative forces, such as racism and self-hatred.

Our ecosystem of leaders in the arts communities are pioneers in the liberation from the historically oppressive standard definitions of beauty.


OUR COMMUNITY

The core of Melange is love. We look at a model's heart, not just their runway walk. We look at designer's vision for impact, not just the construction. We look at business partners' intention for social impact, not just profits from diverse communities. As a result, we have been able to cultivate an authentic and global community of like-minded business people and artists. The most value of Melange is extracted from building new friendships and collaborations; we are a platform for launching and supporting the dreams of underrepresented communities. Some of our past advisors include: Bill Guttentag (Oscar-winning film writer-producer-director), Guila Clara Kessous (United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization Artist for Peace). Past designers and models have been featured in Vogue, Vanity Fair, Elle, and more.


OUR IMPACT

For Melange 2019, we will be partnering with Katiti Kironde, thef first African American woman on the cover of any fashion publication (Glamour in 1968). Katiti has been on the Board of Advisors of Melange since 2011. The KIRONDE Education + Health Fund, Inc (KEHF), a 501(C)3 non-profit corporation is dedicated to promoting education, healthcare and nurture for orphaned and vulnerable children in Uganda, East Africa, one village at a time. KEHF was founded by William Winder and Katiti Kironde, with help from Kalibala Kironde and other family members, in 2008 to commemorate the lives of Katiti’s father, the late U.N. Ambassador, teacher and Diplomat, Apollo Kadumakasa Kironde and her great grandfather, Sir Apollo Kagwa, The fund is our way of giving back, fulfilling the vision of a vibrant Ugandan society that propelled the public service of Kironde ancestors.


MELANGE 2019

For the first time in Melange history, we will be producing our debut show during New York Fashion Week on September 6, 2019. Melange 2019 will take place at the historic St Mary's Episcopal Church in Harlem. Founded in 1823, The “We Are Not Afraid!” Episcopal Church, has been a leader in inclusion and community support, including by providing HIV and refugee services. St. Mary’s is a united as a community of faith in West Harlem to pursue justice and peace for the poor and oppressed, to pray and care for the sick, lonely and at risk and to put into practice the message of the Gospel by the power of the Holy Spirit. “Do not be afraid” Luke 1:30

Melange 2019 is proud to be partnering with 360Fashion Network to explore the intersection of diversity meets technology. Anina is the CEO and founder of 360Fashion Network, a network of fashion professionals using the web 2.0 and mobile technologies. Anina evolved from a model to a fashion industry pioneer and developed Intel Curie-powered shape-shifting robot dresses showcased on ABC7News. She is listed as #7 in Top 100 Women in Wearable and Consumer Tech. We are excited to be joining forces with 360Fashion Network for Melange 2019.

For this year's celebration, we are aiming to raise enough for KHEF to cover the tuition costs for a nursing student in Uganda. Her name is Patricia Tusuubira. She is 22 years old, and she is in her 2nd year of a nursing program at Mengo Hospital in Kampala, Uganda. Any remaining funds from Melange 2019 will go to support the school fees of a 14 year old deaf orphan, Ivan Sseckulima, who is in the 3rd grade at the Julina Memorial School for the Deaf, boarding school. In our experience, it only takes changing the life of one nurse, or one orphan, to change the trajectory of an entire village, a country, or the world. We are proud to support the mission of KHEF for Melange 2019.


MELANGE 2019: SPECIAL GUESTS


BILL GUTTENTAG (AWARD-WINNING PRODUCER-DIRECTOR): Bill Guttentag is a double Oscar-winning dramatic and documentary film writer-producer-director. His films have premiered at the Sundance, Cannes, Telluride and Tribeca film festivals. He directed the theatrical documentaries Nanking which premiered at Sundance, and Soundtrack for a Revolution which premiered at Cannes. He also wrote and directed the dramatic features Knife Fight starring Rob Lowe, Carrie-Ann Moss, and Jamie Chung; and LIVE! starring Eva Mendes and Andre Braugher, and both premiered at Tribeca. He won an Academy Award for the documentary, Twin Towers. He has also received a second Oscar, three additional Oscar nominations, a Peabody Award, three Emmy Awards, two Writers Guild Award nominations, a Producers Guild Award nomination, and a Robert Kennedy Journalism Award. His films have won awards at numerous American and international film festivals and have received a number of special screenings, including at the Museum of Modern Art, The Council on Foreign Relations, the Harvard Kennedy School, and the White House. He has directed commercials and/or other projects for a number of Silicon Valley companies including Google, Yahoo, and MasterClass. His novel, Boulevard was published by Pegasus Books/W.W. Norton in 2011. The French edition was published by Éditions Gallimard (2013), where it was finalist for the Grand Prix de Littérature Policière. He co-wrote Masters of Disaster – The Ten Commandments of Damage Control (Palgrave/Macmillan, 2012). He has been on a number of film festival juries, including the Shanghai International Film Festival, The Odessa International Film Festival, and the Morelia Film Festival. He has directed multiple films for HBO, most recently Only the Dead See the End of War, which premiered at Telluride and was nominated for an Emmy Award. He also co-created and executive-produced the NBC series Law & Order: Crime & Punishment, which ran for three seasons. He has been a lecturer at the Stanford University Graduate School of Business since 2001, and also teaches at the Hasso Plattner Institute of Design (Stanford d.school).


COREY WOODS (CELEBRITY DESIGNER): Corey's designs have been featured on Beyonce, Lady Gaga, Kim Kardashian, Nicki Minaj, and more. He is the King of Shades, and he also serves on the Melange Board of Advisors. He will be attending the show and featuring eyewear at the event.


DREMON KOVAH COOPER (CELEBRITY PERFORMER): Born and raised in Washington D.C., Dremon has proven himself to be an intriguing young man who is gifted in fashion design, sewing, canvas painting
and culinary arts. He unselfishly dedicates his time providing dance lessons at CasaRuby’s nonprofit organization for LGBTQ youth. Dremon has always desired to be a famous actor. From live interactive engagements to positive words of encouragement and reinforcement on his social media platforms, Dremon has continuously been adamant about being an active source for young adults and kids worldwide to be able to express themselves freely with recourse and no judgement. It’s because of his unwavering belief of being a vehicle to bridge the gap between the LGBTQ youth and society he’s made his mark on several social media platforms such as
Instagram, Facebook. Dremon would continue to use his social media platform to keep his followers captivated with his lighthearted slap stick themed “Super Bitch” videos, as the comedic super hero character “Super Bitch”- where Dremon delivers amazing acrobats and gravity defying stunts displaying athleticism in his character’s
signature Silver Top and thigh high Pink Stiletto Boots accompanied with witty lines and his catch phrase “It can give combo”. Keeping his social media followers intrigued and craving to be more entertained and inspired by his high jinks and integral beliefs, it was only a matter of time before he began trending on the internet and would go on to become a Social Media Sensation and Influencer overnight!

MADELINE STUART (FAMOUS MODEL):

Madeline Stuart is a 21-year-old model from Brisbane, Australia most notably dubbed by the press as “the world’s most famous super model with Down syndrome”. This incredibly courageous, beautiful, and talented young woman has had astonishing success in the short time she has been modelling, and has captured media attention internationally. With three simple words – “Mum, me model” – Madeline changed not only her own life but the lives of so many people with big dreams who didn’t fit the mould. It was late 2014 when Rosanne, Madeline’s mum, took her to a fashion parade where Madeline’s passion was born. With a wilful spirit and defined goal, Madeline continued on her fitness regime to address her weight, a struggle for most people with Downs syndrome. Inspired and undoubtedly proud, Rosanne photo-documented her daughters journey. “It will take a lot of work and dedication but if you want to commit to this journey, I’m with you,” Rosanne told Madeline. After losing 20kg, a massive amount for anyone, Rosanne posted before and after shots of Madeline online not only to show the dramatic results but also to encourage others. She knew Madeline’s story would resonate with people around the world. She wasn’t wrong. Almost overnight, the post went viral. Madeline’s social media numbers grew, the photo was viewed over 6.8 million times and she began to hit global headlines with publications in Iceland, Germany, the US, Australia, Mexico, Cuba and the UK picking up her story. Modelling offers followed soon after from big fashion labels and non-profits and it wasn’t long before she received her first offer to grace the runway in New York. Since then, Madeline hasn’t looked back. Madeline has modelled in countless fashion shows including 5 seasons of New York Fashion Week, Runway Dubia, Caspian Fashion Week Russia and Mercedes Benz Fashion Week China, Paris Fashion Week, London Fashion Week and many more. She has been featured in prominent, international publications including Vogue, New York Times, Forbes Marie Claire and Elle to name a few and also endorsed products including JBronze by Jennifer Hawkins, Weetbix, VP Wow and Flat Tummy Tea. It is also important to Madeline to support those that support others. As such she supports a number of charities and non-profits including Multi Cap Foundation, Endeavour Foundation Australia, Silver Linings Project, Vets Intl, The DisABILITY Museum, The Carol Galvin Foundation, Kulture City, FUB Sweden, ‘ Inside Outside Dance, Buddy Walk NYC, the Special Olympics of New York and Global Down Syndrome. In 2015 Madeline was awarded the prestigious Model of the Year Award at international fashion show Melange in San Francisco, nominated for Pride of Australia and Young Australian of the Year Award for 2015 and 2016, named model of the year for 2016 by World Fashion Media, was awarded the advocacy award for her work in Uganda from Kulture City and received the Quincy Jones exceptional Advocacy award from Global Down syndrome in 2017. All of this while managing her Brisbane dance school ‘InsideOutside Dance’, participating in Special Olympic Games and launching her 21 Reasons Why by Madeline Stuart fashion label, a fashionably chic RTW line. For the last 3 years her journey has also been captured by B-Reel Productions for a documentary to be released in late 2018. Yet to date one of her proudest moments was getting her 01 Working Visa for the USA making her the only person in history with an intellectual disability to do this. Not bad for someone only 3 years into building what has become an enviable career. Madeline has a great sense of humour and a contagious smile. Not content with simply making a career, she continues a hectic touring schedule spreading the important messages of diversity, inclusion and acceptance. She exudes confidence and her warm and friendly nature endears her to even the hardest of crowds. She shares her story with the hopes of inspiring, encouraging and educating others, proudly changing society’s perception of people with disabilities one photo shoot at a time. Madeline is just about to travel to New York again and walk at her 6th Season on NYFW for multiple designers and launch her third collection of her fashion label before heading to the UK for her second season at London Fashion week. To follow Madeline’s journey please support her on social media where she has over 850 000 followers, only with your support can she achieve her dreams and convince companies that people with disabilities do have a voice.


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