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Marymount University to Honor Two Fashion Luminaries at Portfolio in Motion 2011

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Arlington, VA – Marymount University will honor two fashion luminaries at its annual student fashion show, Portfolio in Motion 2011. Fashion designer Junko Yoshioka will receive the 2011 Designer of the Year Award, and journalist Robin Givhan will be the first honoree to receive Marymount’s new Award for Excellence in Fashion Journalism. The fashion show and award presentation will be held on Thursday, April 14, at 8:30 p.m. in the University’s Rose Benté Lee Center. A reception will precede the show at 7 p.m.

Marymount’s Designer of the Year Award is presented annually to a fashion designer who has achieved excellence in the field and has captured the imagination of both the fashion industry and the public. Junko Yoshioka joins an illustrious list of honorees that includes Carolina Herrera, Michael Kors, Isabel Toledo, and Oscar de la Renta. Ms. Yoshioka is best known for her eveningwear and bridal gowns, which feature sweeping silhouettes, asymmetrical cuts, and hand-crafted details. Her unique use of materials and inventive design sense have been widely recognized. Some of Italy’s top fashion houses have recruited Ms. Yoshioka to create “neo-classic” ready-to-wear garments for the European market. Closer to home, her gowns have graced the red carpet at award ceremonies, worn by such celebrities as Jessica Alba, Katherine Heigl, Anna Paquin, and Jennifer Love Hewitt.

Marymount’s inaugural Award for Excellence in Fashion Journalism will be presented to Robin Givhan, in recognition of her insightful interpretations of the world of fashion within a broader social context. Ms. Givhan is one of the most respected fashion and style journalists in the country, and the only one to have received a Pulitzer Prize. In 2006, she was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Criticism “for her witty, closely observed essays that transform fashion criticism into cultural criticism.”

Robin Givhan is currently a special correspondent for style and culture at Newsweek and The Daily Beast. Previously, she was fashion editor at the Washington Post. In 2009, she began covering Michelle Obama and the cultural and social shifts stirred by the first African American family in the White House. She is the author, along with the Washington Post photo staff, of Michelle: Her First Year as First Lady.

The theme of Portfolio in Motion 2011 is “Cirque Noir,” reflecting the edgy, sophisticated fashions that will be showcased in an avant-garde production. The show's jury-selected garments are designed and made by students in Marymount's Fashion Design program and will highlight their artistry, skill, innovation, and sense of style. In turn, the creative elements of the show’s production are the work of the University’s Fashion Merchandising students. Every aspect of the show is the product of student imagination and effort.

Tickets for the April 14 Portfolio in Motion evening show and reception at which Junko Yoshioka and Robin Givhan will be honored are $100. The Rose Benté Lee Center is on Marymount’s Main Campus, located at 2807 North Glebe Road in Arlington, VA. For ticket sales, call 703-526-6873. For press inquiries, call 703-284-1648. Additional information, including sponsorship opportunities, is available online at www.marymount.edu/pim.