AUTISM HEARTS FOUNDATION FAAB FASHION SHOW
Artists, Designers, Musicians, Media and Public Officials drawn to the Philippine Consulate to benefit the Autism Hearts Foundation
April 7, 2017 Pride emanated the room at the Philippines to New York FASHION and ARTS AUTISM BENEFIT (FAAB). FAAB artists, parents, families and coaches were beaming at the Fashion Show featuring world-class Filipino designers in collaboration with the talented young artists with autism.
Over 200 people packed the Philippines Center’s Kalayaan Hall on New York City’s Fifth Avenue as the event kicked off at 6 pm with an array of Filipino food and drinks for ticketed guests, VIP’s and media. At 7 pm, attendees were led upstairs to the main event.
The program involved ongoing workshops where students produced original works of art on canvases made of pina cloth. This unusual fabric is produced from the leaves of a pineapple plant and is indigenous to the philippines.
The FAAB Project enabled these individuals to overcome their challenges by promoting self-expression and opportunities in the creative arts. The FAAB artist’s creations were transformed into fabulous shawls, women’s evening gowns, pantsuits as well as men’s dress shirts designed as a collaborative work between the FAAB artists and Filipino American fashion designer and textile technologist Anthony Cruz Legarda.
The Autism Hearts Foundation (AHF) has worked tirelessly to raise awareness for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) among Filipino-Americans and Filipinos in the United States and the Philippines as World Autism Awareness Month was celebrated this April. All proceeds from the event went to AHF’s FAAB to help youths with Autism lead full and rich lives.