Friday, October 28, 2005

West Looks East: Couture for a Cause
Special Auction at Doyle New York

Chanel Couture Gown by Karl Lagerfeld and Sketch

A unique collection of 29 couture gowns and ensembles donated by well know designers will be auctioned off on Thursday November 17 at 10AM to benefit the Mosiac's Tele-Medicine Inititive: linking Children's National Medical Center (CNMC) to North Africa.

The West Looks East Collection debuted at the 2005 Annual Benefit Gala of the Mosaic Foundation in Washington, DC on May 12, 2005. Guests were treated to an historic fashion event -- a dramatic runway show of couture daywear and eveningwear donated by Chanel/Karl Lagerfeld, Christian Dior/John Galliano, Christian Lacroix, Dominique Sirop, Donna Karan, Elie Saab, Emanuel Ungaro, Gianfranco Ferre, Giorgio Armani, Jean-Louis Scherrer/Stephane Rolland, Jean Paul Gaultier, Oscar de la Renta, Ralph Rucci, Reem Acra and Valentino.

Each look exemplifies the designer's personal homage to the rich historical influences of traditional Arab design on contempory Western fashion. The design sketch accompanies each lot, providing collectors with the rare opportunity to acquire both facets of the couturier's creation.

The gowns go on exhibition from Saturday November 12 until Tuesday November 15th at Doyle New York, 175 East 87th Street. A cocktail reception and private exhibition of the collection will be held Monday November 14th at 6PM-8PM.

For further information about the auction please visit their website at

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