Congratulations to HyeRin Lee, a student at the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising (FIDM) in Los Angeles, who was named the first prize winner of the first Pierre Cardin Young Designers competition.
She has completed a three-month all-expenses-paid apprenticeship with Pierre Cardin in Paris and will have the opportunity to work directly with the Pierre Cardin design team.
The announcement was made during a fashion show at the Consulate General of France in New York.
The Pierre Cardin Young Designers Competition was organized in honor of the 100th anniversary of the birth of the emblematic French designer.
After reviewing initial nominations, the design house chose 10 finalists who flew to New York for a special workshop with the Pierre Cardin board, including Rodrigo Basilicati Cardin, president of Maison Pierre Cardin and descendant of designate. HyeRin Lee was ultimately selected as the winner from hundreds of applicants.
FIDM President Tonian Hohberg said: “We are honored by Maison Pierre Cardin to have chosen our exceptional fashion design student, HyeRin Lee. Once graduated from FIDM, it will greatly advance her career.
In addition to learning, her scholarship program includes transportation, room and board, and the opportunity to become a full-time employee. The talented designer will also receive a salary of $1,000 per month and the opportunity to have one of her sketches made into an actual garment.
“We are very proud of HyeRin Lee for this recognition from Pierre Cardin’s company. The heads of our fashion department, Nick Verreos and David Paul, are beaming with pride,” said Barbara Bundy, Vice President Education at FIDM.
Born and raised in Seoul, South Korea, HyeRin Lee now lives in Los Angeles. She will graduate in March from the college’s Advanced Fashion Design program.
SALUTE FROM SONDHEIM
For fans of Stephen Sondheim’s music, 2023 will be a banner year. Not only is the Pasadena Playhouse preparing for the most ambitious event in its history, a six-month celebration of the works of the late great American composer, but a revival of its original Broadway production of “Into the Woods” will play a series of exclusive engagements across the United States, including Center Theater Group/Ahmanson Theater. LA opening is scheduled for June 29, 2023.
The Playhouse season opens in January with Sondheim’s “Sunday in the Park with George” followed by “Little Night Music.”
And, in a historic partnership, the Playhouse is working with high schools in the Pasadena Unified School District to present its production of “Into the Woods,” with input from students and professionals. The grand finale will be a special concert by Sondheim’s muse, Bernadette Peters.
Playhouse Artistic Director Danny Feldman said: “This celebration is in the making and has taken on even deeper meaning since the death of Stephen Sondheim last year. After our first season back on stage, we knew this year had to be all about celebrating American musical theater and reuniting our Playhouse community.
It was a splashy opening night at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts for “Invincible – the Musical” featuring songs from this year’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo.
Their new work incorporated their catalog and some new songs into a musical jukebox with a 21st-century twist on an age-old tale, Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet.” Although the plot was a dismal plot, there was dancing and cheering in the aisles for Benatar/Giraldo and the 20 cast members during the curtain call. Producer Jamie Cesa, choreographers Galen Hooks and Macy Swain, musical arranger Jesse Vargas, costume designer Lena Sands and director Tiffany Nichole Greene – with her proud mother and grandmother also watching.
TODAY: Pacific Chorale presents “Tis the Season”. Renee and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall, Segerstrom Center for the Arts, Costa Mesa, 7:30 p.m.
WEDNESDAY: Melodia Mariposa presents a concert of holiday favourites. Altadena Town and Country Club, 2290 Country Club Drive, Altadena, 7 p.m. mediamariposa.org
JAN. 11 & 12: The Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts presents the Los Angeles premiere of Wise Children’s theatrical production “Wuthering Heights,” based on the classic novel by Emily Bronte. The Walllis.org
JAN. 22: The Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra presents a baroque concert. The Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, Beverly Hills, at 7:30 p.m. The Wallis.org.
FEB. 4: The Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra (LACO) pays tribute to composer/musician Danny Elfman at its 2023 gala celebration with guest conductor Joshua Bell and soprano Larisa Martinez. The Beverly Wilshire, Four Seasons Hotel, at 5 p.m. laco.org/gala.
* Attending indoor arts and entertainment events during the COVID-19 pandemic carries risks. Remember to follow the rules prescribed by the CDC and local health authorities.
Patt Diroll writes a bi-weekly social column for the Pasadena Star-News. She can be contacted at email@example.com.