Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum to host 'Fashion
Knight at the Museum'
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Runway' finalist Mychael Knight to host a fashion show gala at the
Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum
[June 23, 2007]
SPRINGFIELD -- Former "Project Runway" finalist
Mychael Knight will host a fashion show gala event, "Fashion Knight
at the Museum," at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum on July
28 at 8 p.m. As a finalist in the 2006 hit reality Bravo Network TV
series, "Project Runway," Mychael Knight established himself as
bright new talent in the international world of fashion design. As
host of "Fashion Knight at the Museum," Knight will highlight a
past-to-present comparison of the trendsetting fashions of Mary Todd
Lincoln's day to the contemporary styles of today. This runway
extravaganza will include local models presenting some of Knight's
own fashion designs.
"Fashion Knight at the Museum" is one of several special events in
2007 that showcase the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and
Museum's newest exhibit, "Mary Todd Lincoln: First Lady of
Controversy," running through October 2007.
"This event is unlike anything the museum has done before, and
because of that we are extremely excited to offer it to the public,"
said Rick Beard, executive director of the Abraham Lincoln
Presidential Library and Museum. "By hosting ‘Fashion Knight at the
Museum,' we are once again setting the bar for other presidential
library-museums, by offering unique, contemporary cultural events
that explore the influences of our past on our present… and on our
"I'm excited to be involved in this phenomenal exhibit," said
Knight. "Mary Todd Lincoln was quite fashion forward and extremely
indulgent when it came to fashion and jewelry. Her dresses were
always designed and made to her specifications, regardless of the
cost. If she were alive today, she would be my ideal client."
Knight, 28, graduated from Georgia Southern University with a
bachelor's degree in apparel design and merchandising. Knight
relocated to Atlanta to become part of the burgeoning urban
entertainment industry. His fashion design work captured the
attention of some of today's popular music artists, including Jagged
Edge, 112, Ciara, Free and Queen Latifah. At that point, Knight says
he felt his career had "reached a glass ceiling," and it was time to
take his career to a higher plateau. He noticed a commercial calling
for designers to audition for Bravo's "Project Runway" for season
three. From there, the world of fashion design has welcomed Knight
as one of its newest stars.
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The public is invited to be a part of this very special,
one-of-a-kind "Knight at the Museum." Two ticket options are
Fashionista ticket -- $75
to the Very Mary VIP Party with special guest Mychael Knight at
6 p.m. in the library atrium (cocktails and hors d'oeuvres
Private tour of "Mary
Todd Lincoln: First Lady of Controversy" exhibit before the show
Preferred seating for
"Fashion Knight at the Museum" at 8 p.m. in the museum plaza
Trendsetter ticket -- $35
seating for "Fashion Knight at the Museum" at 8 p.m. in the
Viewing of "Mary Todd
Lincoln: First Lady of Controversy" exhibit after the show
session with Mychael Knight after the show
WGN-TV news anchor Allison Payne will give opening remarks.
Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased by calling 217-558-8934
or online at www.alplm.org.
Visa and MasterCard are accepted.
Proceeds from the event go the Abraham Lincoln Presidential
Library Foundation, a private, not-for-profit organization whose
primary mission is to support the exhibits and programs of the
Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum.
This event is co-sponsored by the Abraham Lincoln Presidential
Library Foundation, The Wardrobe, Appearances Salon and Retreat,
August Evenings Catering, WDBR Radio and ABE-FM.
from Abraham Lincoln Presidential
Library and Museum news release received from the
Illinois Office of Communication and Information]