By THÉRÈSE MARGOLIS
San Miguel de Allende will host its fourth annual edition of Dress to Give Fashion Days from Wednesday, April 25, through Friday, April 27.
The multifaceted display of fashion and art will showcase more than 20 Mexican designers, including the latest collection by the world-renowned house Piñeda Covalin, as well as up-and-coming Mexican visual artists.
All of the money raised during the three-day fashion-and-art extravaganza will go to support the Crisma Integral Rehabilitation Center in that Guanajuato town, a nonprofit clinic that helps financially limited children with physical and neurological problems.
The center, which was established by Fundación Vamos México president and former Mexican First Lady Marta Sahagún de Fox late last year, currently provides rehabilitation to 200 children with limited financial resources.
(Vamos México is a nonprofit foundation established by former President Vicente Fox and his wife, Sahagún de Fox, in 2001 to help underprivileged Mexicans through a variety of social programs.)
“We will soon be expanding Carisma to attend to more than 500 children,” said Sahagún de Fox during a press conference in Mexico City earlier this week to announce the Fashion Days event.
Fashion Days, which is expected to draw in at least 1,500 guests to San Miguel from across Mexico and abroad, is targeted to raise more than 2 million pesos this year, according to the event’s founder and director, Blanca Salinas.
“Fashion has always been closely linked to the world of art, and it has always had a social conscience,” said Salinas.
“This project allows us to promote Mexican designers on a stage that is one of Mexico’s most beautiful cities and, at the same time, help a very important social cause.”
The catwalks will be presented in a number locations throughout the city, including the Matilda, Rosewood and newly opened Casablanca hotels, as well as in public plazas, making part of it accessible to everyone free of charge.
For more information on San Miguel’s Dress to Give Fashion Days or to make reservations for paid events, check out the webpage http://www.fashiondays.com.mx.