RFRA 2013 Designer: Dominique Auxilly
This year's designer of choice for The Reality of FASHION The Reality of AIDS celebrity runway show to benefit AIDS United is none other than rising design star Dominique Auxilly! Dominique’s The Reality of FASHION The Reality of AIDS collection will feature women’s couture.
Auxilly’s canvases are women that lack inhibitions and could not care less for public opinion. Known to pull inspiration from all aspects of life her pieces most often reflect her love for old Hollywood, her obsession with architectural structures and her Jamaican roots. These elements and influences come together to create a label like no other.
Dominique Auxilly’s first collection was a hit after she made her debut during New York Fashion Week in 2009. Since the label has started to attract the attention of stylists, editors, fashion bloggers and well known celebrity names such as Nicki Minaj, Adrienne Bailon, Coco-T, Tamar Braxton and many more.
The Reality of FASHION The Reality of AIDS is thrilled to feature Dominique’s Couture designs on February 9th 2013. Following the runway show pieces will be auctioned off online with a large portion of the proceeds being donated to the 2013 AIDS Charity of Choice.
RFRA 2013 Stylist: Julianne Costigan
Julianne Costigan hails from Canada’s fashion industry elite. Her history in fashion began as a 10 year old model for The Ford Agency, and within later years, her love of fashion led to her interning with Pink Tartan and Romona Keveza.
Costigan has been an assistant buyer for a number of high-end boutiques, including, Sass Wardrobe Essentials and since 2011, she has worked alongside Fashion Magazine’s editor-at-large, Zeina Esmail, on everything from Toronto Fashion Week, to commercial ad campaigns and editorials. Within her home at Toronto’s Fashion Week Julianne's work has been seen on shows, such as Holt Renfrew, Pink Tartan, Joe Fresh, Lucian Matis, and this past year in Christopher Bates Spring/Summer 2013 collection. Away from the runway Julianne has also been working with London-based photographer, Bryan Huynh, on editorials published in Institute magazine. Costigan's work was also featured on the latest No Cigar Magazine cover and the cover of Sportsnet Magazine featuring the Toronto Blue Jays.
The Reality of FASHION The Reality of AIDS Welcomes Julianne Costigan to the runway as official event stylist for February 2013.
RFRA Creator & Event Producer: Monique Tatum
In 2011, Monique Tatum announced the creating and launch of "The Reality of FASHION The Reality of AIDS". An annual, star studded, evening of fashion where reality stars walk the runway during New York City Fashion Week to raise money for HIV and AIDS. RFRA is an event exclusive to Tatum's NYC based PR Firm , Beautiful Planning Marketing & PR (BPMPR).
Over the past 4 years Tatum and her team have also played major roles in NYC fashion events to include "Fighting Leukemia with Fashion" on behalf of The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, EMERGE! a Fashion Runway Show Honoring Vogue Contributing Editor Andre Leon Talley, who was presented the Fashion innovator award by Diane Von Furstenberg, and NYC Mercedes Benz Fashion Week for Nina Skarra at Lincoln Center in September of 2012.
"With each reality star walking the runway, and every person that attends RFRA 2013, we move a littlecloser to dreams of a cure...becoming a reality." ~Monique Tatum