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October 15 2010: Raw

With cutting edge presentations each year, this year’s “Raw” theme is about nurturing untapped creative energy, asserting creativity over trends, artisanship over mass-production, natural fibers over synthetics, young ideas over cynicism, and opportunity over poverty.  “Raw” is a return to the “primal” state of making clothes and art for both spiritual nourishment and economic survival.  It is a celebration of fashion not as protection from the elements, but as artistic adornment that expresses a person’s identity and vision of the world. Proceeds from this year’s benefit will support FFP’s community youth programs including Woodrow Wilson High School and its globally sustainable projects, aimed at creating income-generating or microfinance opportunities for individuals/families/communities in developing countries.


Nomi Ansari

FFP is proud to have Pakistani designer Nomi Ansari present his collection at this year's show. Nomi Ansari Studios supplies not only prêt but also Eastern and Western couture pieces to Dubai, India, United Kingdom and United States. Nomi Ansari Studios is known for its creative use of colors by combining five or more colors, creating signature pieces. Detailed craftsmanship with intricate embellishments is another feather in Nomi's already well-feathered cap. Nomi's prêt-a-porter collection embodies a multitude of different styles so that they attract people with diverse aesthetics and fashion sensibilities. FFP would like to thank Saima and Mahufz Ahmed and Pakistani fashion and PR liaison Sofia HD for their contribution to Nomi's participation. View website»

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Chez Kevito

Chez Kevito is one designer with over 20 years of designing and sewing expertise. She is proud to invite you to infuse your visual senses with her quality handmade clothing, jewelry, and accessories. She has one vision - to create timeless, one of a kind designs. Her inspiration is drawn from a wide range of elements to include vintage designs, scenes in nature, architectural design, and pop culture. In an effort to reduce her carbon footprint, she has recently started a line of sustainable eco-chic designs using mostly recycled clothing to include used woven necktie dresses, repurposed tshirts and denim, as well as used men's shirts and pants.

"Titi Wreh of Chez Kevito is a versatile designer with looks ranging from elegant to casual and sweet to edgy. Whatever your style and whatever the occasion finding something perfect from Chez Kevito will be a cinch!" ~ View website»

Crooked Monkey

On May 4, 2005 at the University of Maryland, a dream was realized.  Two high school buddies set out to create their own clothing line—focusing on humor and vintage graphics.  On that fateful night, Crooked Monkey was launched onto the scene at the local college bar.  The response was tremendous and it was clear that they had a brand with which college students could identify.  From that crazy, crazy night, Crooked Monkey took on its own shape and form and the company was no longer just another creation in fantasyland.

March of 2006, Crooked Monkey scored its first major contract with a department store, when Lord and Taylor decided to open its doors to the irreverent, yet tasteful Crooked Monkey humor.  September of 2006 was the month that C monkey hit the newsstand, with its first appearance in GQ.  The rest is history.  Only two years after its launch, Crooked Monkey can now be found at Urban Outfitters, Nordstrom, Lord and Taylor, Kitson,, Fred Segal and over 550 other fine retailers across the world (including Japan, Hong Kong and Saudi Arabia). View website»

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Matisse is a talented singer and prolific songwriter with a true love and knowledge of music. She has a eclectic musical sensibility that is reflected in her own style and lists a broad range of artists, from Whitney Houston to Stevie Nicks, among her musical influences. Much like her namesake, she is talented, passionate, driven, determined and all of that is clearly reflected in her art.

Clarina Bezzola

Clarina is a performance artist from Zurich, Switzerland currently residing in New York. FFP is proud to present Clarina's performance films in the Artisphere Dome Theatre.

“Clothing is one way to wear a mask. We dress to hide our vulnerable bodies and souls, to fit into a social system and hide our insecurities. Through my wearable sculptures I question and redefine the role of the garment. Wrapping the body to reveal instead of conceal. The wearer’s emotional landscape gets exposed and invites to an honest and open dialogue between the wearer and the viewer." View website»

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Avant-Garde Award

Avant-Garde; makes a statement with cutting edge style. Referencing people or works that are innovative or experimental, particularly with respect to art, culture, and politics. This award is a special honor for an individual or group outside or adjacent to the fashion industry who lent particular vision, inspiration, or support to the industry and especially to Fashion Fights Poverty. The honoree for this award reflects the depth of accomplishments and enduring influence of fashion, philanthropy, and goodwill.

Gerry Coates

FFP would like to present its inaugural Avant-Garde Inspiration Award to Mr. Gerry Coates, an incredible man who selflessly took an interest in FFP and provided immeasurable support. A Washingtonian native and entrepreneur currently residing in the burgeoning Shaw area of Washington DC. He is Co-Owner of HRYDesign a design company that has divisions in Government Contracting, Home Renovation, Real estate development, and Construction Management. His company was featured in the inaugural issue of The Best of DC table top book, HGTV, BET, and DIY.

While FFP is eternally grateful for his support, it is Gerry’s compassion towards causes that benefit the performing arts and AIDS awareness that make him the amazing light and inspiration that he is. Gerry has provided ongoing encouragement and excellent advice in FFP’s growth. His company not only sponsors FFP but also other DC based organizations, Capital Movement, which this year will be performing at the Kennedy Center. He personally has contributed too many causes including the Trevor Project, a hotline for gay youth. For his commitment to beautifying our nation and inspiring FFP and contributing to many charities we are presenting Gerry Coates with the inaugural Avant-Garde Award. View website»

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Production Sponsor

SVELTE, LLC is a creative consulting & communications firm that specializes in providing custom-tailored production, brand strategy & media for fashion and lifestyle brands. View website»

Media Sponsor

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Food and Beverage Sponsors

Peroni Nastro Azzurro is the best-selling Italian premium lager worldwide, with its distinctive, intensely crisp and refreshing character. Brewed in Italy since 1963 and available in the most stylish bars and restaurants across the UK, Peroni Nastro Azzurro captures the Italian spirit: a passion for life, authenticity and quality. The approach to making this premium Italian beer is inspired by Italy’s’ creative spirit and flair: whether applied to food, design or fashion, it always stands out from the crowd. View website»

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Hair and Makeup Sponsor

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After Party Sponsor

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Webcast Sponsor

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Gift Bag Sponsor

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Brian is a photographer and a videographer.  He runs and owns BLN Studio.  He has a graphic design and web development background.  On his spare time, you can catch him on the basketball courts and the dance floor, dancing, if of course he’s not traveling. View website»

CATIANNE documents celebrities traveling to third world countries, photograph sports tournament, and covers high end events in Washington, DC. Photos have been published in USAToday, Anna Magazine (Finland) and C5N (Argentina). View website»

Each image Dina Dee takes add a page to document your life. There is great strength in capturing photographs - I strive to extend this to you. The power within an image is extraordinary.View website»

Tre’ Lynn Productions provides modeling packages for people of all ages interested in: Fashion photography to start or add to your portfolio, Professional quality digital or printed images, Creating a comp card for your modeling/acting debut, Jumpstarting your career in modeling, If you have an interest in modeling or adding to your existing portfolio, contact us today to set up a consultation meeting. We are sure to have a package to suit your needs. View website»

Danny Kim is a physicist by day and a photographer by night/weekends. His artistic style is rooted in Westonian aesthetics, and draws influence from both classic and contemporary masters, from both painting and photography. He strives to continually develop his artistic sensibility through erudition and experimentation, both on-camera and in photoshop. More of his work can be see on on»

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