WFW World Fashion Week Welcoming Gala NYC | November 11, 2011 (11/11/11)

The first annual of the WFW World Fashion Week will be held in the city of New York in 2012. The historic gathering will welcome leading fashion designers from all over the world, joining forces to encourage entrepreneurship activities, women empowerment and the eradication of global poverty, launching the global campaign “Give your Light to the World”.

World Fashion Organization- NEW YORK, NY, September 19, 2011. – The first annual of the WFW World Fashion Week will be held in the City of New York in 2012, as a prelude to the historic and milestone to the global fashion gathering, the WFW World Fashion Week Welcoming Gala will be hosted in New York, on November 11, 2011, at the prestigious Cipriani, in partnership with the WFO World Fashion Organization, ITO International Trade Organization, GEW Global Entrepreneurship Week, University Network, the Art of Living Foundation and fashion organizations from all over the world.

The world premier will gather fashion Icons, influential leaders and international media from 5 continents, in a celebration of cultural diversity expressed through the artistic fashion discipline, launching the global campaign “Give your Light to the World” furthering the objectives of ¨Fashion for Peace¨. The Welcoming Gala will officially welcome leading fashion designers and participating countries to the first annual WFW World Fashion Week New York City 2012. The celebration will benefit the Art of Living Foundation, founded by H. H. Sri. Sri. Ravi Shankar, for their outstanding committed to women empowerment and the eradication of global poverty, furthering social and human development in over 150 countries.

“I am happy to support this cause of fashion for a mission. Fashion has to change, else it ceases to be fashion. Mission has to stay, else it ceases to be a mission. Vision has to be realised. Passion has to ignite the spirit. Compassion has find its expression in service. All this encapsulated in a single term is Spirituality. That which fascinate is fashion, our minds always needs fascination…” Says H. H. Sri. Sri. Ravi Shankar, Founder of the Art of Living Foundation, India

The Gala will honour world leading fashion designers, for their outstanding contribution and achievements dedicated to the advancement of the arts and sciences of fashion, promoting creative leadership for artistic, technical and social achievements within the global fashion industry.

“World Fashion Week is all about showcasing a new level of talent as well as broadening the reach to have an international scope. World Fashion Week is an up-and-coming fashion destination deserving of recognition, generating global trade. We are also seeking to make World Fashion Week a cultural experience as a grand opportunity to celebrate the diversity of ideas, perspectives and achievements in fashion for Development & Peace.”… Says Dr. David H. Lee,
President and CEO of World Fashion Organization.

During the glamorous and historic evening, World Fashion Week will officially welcome leading fashion designers and models from Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Cameroon, Canada, China, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, England, Ethiopia, Finland, France, Germany, Ghana, Greece, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Ivory Coast, Japan, Kenya, Lebanon, Malaysia, Mexico, Netherlands, Nigeria, Pakistan, Philippines, Portugal, Russia, Scotland, Serbia, Singapore, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Thailand, Turkey, United Arab Emirates and United States of America.

…¨WFW defends the free expression of fashion as one of the principal cultural identities of any community, considering the richness and creative value that we find in the diverse and multicultural world in which we live. From manufacturing to the runway, the handling of fashion goes through the hands of the poorest of the poor as well as the ones most fortunate. Collectively we can work to make the different dimensions of the fashion process more sustainable and fair. Hence, fashion will make a necessary, deeper impact for the betterment of the world.¨… Said Paco De Jaimes, Founder of the World Fashion Week.

Nominated designers will present one specially crafted couture garment, as a preview of World Fashion Week 2012, donating the presented outfit to support and commit to the eradication of poverty and women empowerment. Garments will be spectacular ‘work of art’ of inestimable value, showcasing the most inspirational and creative talents of every designer. After the New York Gala, these garments will be taken on a world tour, being exhibited in museums and fashion weeks around the world, all the way to WFW NYC 2012 Inaugural Ceremony. Afterwards, the annual event will be held in different countries in a continental bases, encouraging entrepreneurship activities and human development.

…”Some of the world’s most talented entrepreneurs have emerged from the world of fashion. On the eve of Global Entrepreneurship Week-now in 120 countries-we are proud to be a part of honoring fashion designers not only for their creativity, but also for starting firms that help build economies and expand human welfare.”… Says Mr. Jonathan Ortmans, President of Global Entrepreneurship Week.

The World Fashion Week humanitarian mission is to globally expand the potential power of fashion; as a tool of fighting poverty, further develop economies, promote corporate, environmental and social responsibility within the fashion and textile industry, fostering human development, social integration, access to health and education, solidifying the vision “give your light to the world” which will in turn promote a shift in consciousness to a more unified, sustainable, fair and socially responsible global community, leading to world peace.


World Fashion Week® (WFW) serves as the global voice of Fashion, as “Olympic Style” platform for the national fashion industries around the world. As an internationally reaching event and network for global trade and fashion professionals, the annual event provides a forum for worldwide exposure and recognition.

The First Annual World Fashion Week® will be held in the City of New York in fall 2012, and will feature world renowned and upcoming fashion designers and professionals in the fashion industry, representing their nation of origin, with the objective to positioning these artisans in the global market, in a celebration of cultural diversity expressed through the artistic and social movement of Fashion.


World Fashion Organization® (WFO®) is known as the world’s largest, not-for profit, apolitical and private fashion entity serving World Fashion Association® (WFA®), World Fashion Network®, World Fashion Week® and many other world fashion-related entities, projects and events around the globe under the motto of “World Fashion All© (WFA®), Mode of Life©”. World Fashion Organization® is primarily incorporating the fashion industry into the international fair and free trade system in services of technology, financing, development, merchandising, logistics, education, networking, forum and many other infrastructures for this purpose.

WFO® has been founded in partnership with the ITO, International Trade Organization®/EXIM® (, the world’s largest network of international trade, dating historically back to 1947.


Founded in 1981 by H.H. Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, The Art of Living Foundation is a not-for-profit, educational and humanitarian NGO (Non-Governmental Organisation) engaged in stressmanagement and service initiatives. The organisation operates globally in 151 countries.

The Art of Living Foundation has spread peace across communities through diverse humanitarian projects, including conflict resolution, disaster relief, sustainable rural development, empowerment of women, prisoner rehabilitation, education for all, and environmental sustainability.


Global Entrepreneurship Week is the world’s largest celebration of the innovators and job creators who launch startups that bring ideas to life, drive economic growth and expand human welfare. During one week each November, GEW inspires people everywhere through local, national and global activities designed to help them explore their potential as self-starters and innovators. These activities, from large-scale competitions and events to intimate networking gatherings, connect participants to potential collaborators, mentors and even investors-introducing them to new possibilities and exciting opportunities.

The initiative kicked off in 2008, launched by former UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown and Carl Schramm, the president and CEO of the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation. Since then, it has grown to 115 countries-with nearly 24,000 partner organizations planning more than 37,000 activities that directly engage more than 10 million people.

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