Reimagine Cuba Through Fashion

Revolution, Romance and Rumba Fashion Exhibit Kick-off at Houston Public Library

HOUSTON - (August 4, 2017) – The Houston Public Library (HPL) in partnership with Houston Community College (HCC), Fashion and Costume Design Department, and Museum of Fine Arts present Revolution, Romance and Rumba: Reimagining Cuba Through Fashion exhibit.

The exhibit features garments and accessories from Fashion Fusion, an annual competition presented by the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, and the award-winning Fashion Design Program at Houston Community College. Fashion Fusion challenged students to design original outfits inspired by the Museum’s recent exhibition Adiós Utopia: Dreams and Deceptions in Cuban Art Since 1950. The winning garments were painstakingly handcrafted and feature elements such as hand painted fabric, cigar boxes, and authentic hair.

The five winning designers and their creative designs will be highlighted with an exhibit opening reception, along with  special guest, Sameera Faridi, a fashion icon and boutique owner of Posak. The fashion designers and Sameera will give an inside look into the glamorous (and sometimes not so glamorous) world of fashion. The designers will get to tell their stories on how they visualized their piece of art and brought it from concept to reality.

HCC Fashion Design Professor Alex Chapman will moderate the panel discussion including special guest, Houston Designer Sameera Faridi and the designers: Kyndall Bollmeyer, Ebonie Sophus, Luisa Nadarajh, Mate Bradford, and Silvia Otaola.

Revolution, Romance, and Rumba: Reimagining Cuba Through Fashion
August 6, 2017 – October 31, 2017
Central Library | First Floor Gallery
Individual displays will also be shown at: Park Place, Kashmere Gardens, Carnegie, Henington-Alief, Young, and Flores Neighborhood Libraries. Call 832-393-1313  or visit: for location information.

HCC designers highlighted in this exhibition include: Criseyda Arriaza, Kyndall Bollmeyer, Maite Bradford, Mishelle Chayeb, Kadita Molina Dabu, Flor Garcia, Lucia Govela, Cristhian Javier Perez Juarez, Leon Kincade, Moyosore Lamilisa, Levania Morales, Luisa Nadarajah, Silvia Otaola, Yomayra Pinales, Ebonie Sophus, David Julian Valdez

About Houston Designer Sameera Faridi
Sameera Faridi was named one of the Houston Press’ 2013 100 Creatives of Houston. First South Asian Female to showcase her Collection at Fashion Houston 2014. She was also named as one of Top 30 most Influential Women in Houston for 2016.

Sameera’s unerring eye for timeless fashion gives her the power to make women look and feel beautiful when wearing her designs. And with a constant pulse on trends and new innovative combinations, her styles are sophisticated and elegant with a cosmopolitan edge.

About the Houston Public Library
The Houston Public Library (HPL) operates 35 neighborhood libraries, four HPL Express Libraries, a Central Library, the Houston Metropolitan Research Center, the Clayton Library Center for Genealogical Research, The African American Library at the Gregory School, and the Parent Resource Library located in the Children’s Museum of Houston. With more than eight million visits per year in person and online, HPL is committed to excellent customer service and equitable access to information and programs by providing library customers with free use of a diverse collection of printed materials and electronic resources, Internet, laptop and computer use, and a variety of database and reference resources with live assistance online 24/7.

For further information visit the Houston Public Library at on Twitter @houstonlibrary or call 832-393-1313.


Marjorie Gonzalez
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