Philadelphia is making a statement this fall with top-notch style and design events the aesthetically inclined won’t want to miss. For fashionistas, there’s the first-ever Philadelphia Fashion Week, two exhibitions at the Philadelphia Museum of Art’s Perelman Building featuring the work of a who’s who of fashion greats and the arrival of the Arts of Fashion Symposium, Design Competition and Fashion Show, another first for the city. Design fans will get their fill, too, thanks to the fifth annual—and biggest yet—DesignPhiladelphia celebration, a brand new Kimpton hotel in a historic building and 11 enormous ceramic, steel and bronze works by artist Jun Kaneko placed throughout the city in honor of the Opera Company of Philadelphia’s Madama Butterfly performances.

Best of all, many of these events and exhibits run over the long Columbus Day weekend, October 9-12, 2009, making it easy for fashion and design fans to get to everything on their to-do lists. Visitors can book a hotel package that perfectly suits their needs at 

Fall For Fashion

  • It’s a feast of fashion at the Philadelphia Museum of Art’s Perelman Building this fall thanks to two exhibitions on display. Shopping in Paris: French Fashion 1850-1925 explores the American shopping experience abroad, showing off designs by the House of Worth and Lanvin, along with dozens of garmets from the museum’s collection—many of which have never been displayed before. Through October 25. From September 11 through summer 2010, visitors can also see Inspiring Fashion: Gifts from Designers Honoring Tom Marotta, a collection of runway styles donated by 17 celebrated designers—includingCarolina HerreraMarc JacobsMichael KorsRalph Lauren and Diane von Furstenberg, among others—in recognition of the creative legacy of the late fashion visionary and South Philadelphia native Tom Marotta.Fairmount & Pennsylvania Avenues(215) 763-8100.

·        The first-ever Philadelphia Fashion Week hits the 23rd Street Armory from October 8-10. The three-day event features the work of student, local and national designers sold in shops throughout Greater Philadelphia. Already on board to display their collections: Commonwealth Proper, Delicious, Brooklyn Royalty, Triple 5 Soul, Love Brigade and 9 Days. Throughout the event, visitors will be treated to at least 15 runway shows showcasing 2009 holiday fashions and 2010 spring lines, musical performances, 12 pop-up boutiques, food, drink and more. 
·        Making its way to Philadelphia for the first time ever, the Arts of Fashion Symposium, Design Competition and Fashion Show unites students, designers, buyers, educators and consumers for a four-day global fashion fest, October 24-28, at Drexel University. Master classes taught by fashion pros, showrooms by rising design stars and an exhibit by established designer/artist Aurore Thibout
 make the event a don’t miss, but the main highlight comes on day four with a  grand fashion show at the Philadelphia Museum of Art featuring work from more than 18 countries and 90 schools. 
·        Princess Diana’s royal wedding gown, diamond tiara, veil, 25-foot train, shoes and parasol are among the ogle-worthy items on display in the Diana: A Celebration exhibition, on view at the National Constitution Center, October 2-December 31. Also of special interest to the fashion forward: 28 dresses, suits and gowns designed by Versace, ValentinoChanel and Azagury and worn by Diana during her life as a princess. While the exhibition shows off Diana’s internationally recognized wardrobe, it also explores her childhood, her engagement to Prince Charles, her lavish royal wedding, her children and her works as a global humanitarian. 



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