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Ascend AAPI Spring Fashion Show

Ascend AAPI Spring Fashion Show In-Person

This event will transform the Houston Public Library's Historic Julia Ideson Building into a beautiful and festive runway. Come to explore the world of fashion and art in this exciting and dynamic program featuring Chloe Dao, Tina Zulu, and Anthony Pabillano:

This immersive experience celebrates Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month and the exhibit, "Our Vibrant AAPI Community: Selections from the Houston Asian American Archive" on display at the JIB Gallery from January 19, 2023 - June 3, 2023.

This event is free and open to the public. Registration is required.

NOTE: Due to limited seating, the fashion show will be livestreamed on the Houston Public Library's Barbara Bush Literacy Plaza and HPL Facebook too. 

Saturday, May 20, 2023
2:00pm - 5:00pm
Time Zone:
Central Time - US & Canada (change)
Tudor Gallery
Julia Ideson Building
Age Group:
  Arts & Culture     Holidays & Observances     Spotlight Events  
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Chloe Dao

Chloe Dao is an American fashion designer and television personality who lives and works in Houston, U.S. She was the winner of the second season of the reality show Project Runway with a collection of women's evening wear. 

Fashion designer and entrepreneur Chloe Dao has been in the world of fashion for 28 years. After earning her degree at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City, she returned to her hometown of Houston, Texas, where in the past 21 years she has run the Dao Chloe Dao Boutique, formerly known as Lot 8.

She was catapulted to international fame after winning Project Runway Season 2 in 2006. Chloe’s signature flair, as noted on Project Runway, demonstrates her expert understanding of women’s bodies. Her garments are carefully constructed to flatter every body type and give every woman a wardrobe that’s as one of a kind as she is.

Tina Zulu 

Kimono Zulu, a creative exploration led by Tina Zulu, a Filipina-American will present a collection of reimagined vintage Japanese kimonos. Kimono Zulu draws upon the rich history of traditional Japanese attire, mainly the kimono, and its influence on other cultures throughout Asia and the West. Through artist collaborations, Tina Zulu inspires and initiates the visual conversation for artists to incorporate their own design sensibilities into the vision for the brand, bringing new life to vintage kimonos in a thoughtful, beautiful and often playful way.

Anthony Pabillano 

Anthony Pabillanoa Houston-based Filipino artist, currently explores weaving in the style of the Philippine bayong, a traditional bag made from dried leaves but redefined today through his use of unexpected materials and forms. Grounded on the human form and empowered by reconciliation of present with past experiences, Anthony Pabillano creates pieces that serve as vessels of memories and emotions traversing over distances and time, woven into objects centering around matters of the self and of the collective.


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