Monday, June 25, 2012

FGI Announces Co-Chairs for Upcoming Gala

Fashion Group International of Dallas announced today that Maxine Trowbridge and Chuck Steelman will serve as co-chairs for The Fashion & Lifestyle Awards ‘Night of Stars’ Gala. The gala will be held November 16 from 7 to 10 p.m. in the Trade Pavilion at Dallas Market Center.  This is one of my favorite events of the year because it is totally dedicated to uplifting and honoring the achievements of the local fashion community.

“Night of Stars is currently the only Fashion & Lifestyle Award gala that recognizes both local businesses and supports education and talent in Dallas,” said Trowbridge. “FGI Dallas prides itself on supporting the next generation of fashion, design and lifestyle brilliance that will keep North Texas at the forefront of the fashion and design industries.”

Trowbrideg and Steelman

This year’s Fashion & Lifestyle Awards gala is especially momentous with the inaugural Shelly Musselman Design Award being awarded to a local fashion student. Brian Bolke, owner of Forty Five Ten and the former business partner of fashion influencer Shelly Musselman, and her daughter, Meredith Musselman have selected the $10,000 award winner from over 700 students that participated in this year’s Career Day. Bolke will mentor the winner in the creation of a capsule collection, sponsored by Forty Five Ten that will be presented at the Night of Stars.

“Dallas has always been a vibrant contributor to global fashion; producing amazing designers and breakthrough trends,” said Steelman. “Through fostering the ongoing education of fashion students we hope to enable this to continue.”

The Fashion & Lifestyle Awards ‘Night of Stars’ Gala is the largest fundraiser of the year for FGI of Dallas and directly funds and supports Career Day. Held annually in April, Career Day provides over $40,000 in multiple scholarships to local fashion students.  A party to announce all Fashion and Lifestyle Award Honorees will be held Oct. 3 at the Hilton Anatole Gossip Bar from 6 to 8 p.m. For more information about FGI’s Night of Stars please visit

About Fashion Group International:
Fashion Group International, founded in 1930, is a global, non-profit organization of dynamic professionals in all areas of the fashion and design-related industries of apparel, accessories, beauty and home. FGI’s mission is to be the pre-eminent authority on the business of fashion and design and to help members become more effective in their professional lives. For more information please visit