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From Bollywood to Hollywood: Fashion, Diversity, Charity

Posted by Andrew • August 14, 2017

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If you know me, you know my closet. It’s large, filled to the brim, and coated in all colors and fabrics. I am a lover of fashion, how it makes me feel, and the confidence the right scarf and pair of shoes can give to someone. I’m always willing to try new looks, especially unique ones, so any opportunity to be involved in a style-related something, I’ll take it. Enter my friend and Dallas designer Ruby Bhandari of Silk Threads.

Lately, I’ve had the pleasure of getting to know this fashion queen, who takes her Indian culture and infuses it into her couture designs. I’ve tried on multiple custom-beaded pieces designed by her, as well as worked with her on a podcast and a few videos, all of which got me hooked on her collection (and just her in general).

Coming up in October, Ruby will be putting her designs to a good cause through the 8th Annual Silk Threads Fashion Show Charity Gala, with celebrity emcee LeeAnne Locken of the Real Housewives of Dallas. Not only is this a fun event that flashes some style via runway, but it’s for a good cause. The beneficiary non-profit for the gala will be the Asia Center at the The University of Texas at Dallas, with all proceeds going toward establishing an Arts-related scholarship at the school.

Fashion in Film

This year, the gala’s theme highlights the impact of fashion on cinema under the title, “From Bollywood to Hollywood.” Fashion in cinema has come so far, from the western influence in the Indian movies of the seventies and eighties, to the use of traditional Indian motifs and embroideries in current Hollywood productions.

Ruby’s designs, which are inspired by her Indian culture, add diversity in design to the Dallas fashion scene and industry in general, and I believe the gala will be the perfect opportunity to bring these two themes together into one.

Fashion Show Details

The show will take place at the Davidson-Gundy Alumni Center at UTD, October 14th, with the VIP Networking Event starting at 7:30pm and the main show at 8:45pm. Tickets are now available at www.silkthreadsfundraiser.com. General Admission tickets start at $75 per person. VIP Tickets are available at $150 per person, which includes entry to the VIP Event, drinks, heavy hors d’oeuvres and other VIP perks.


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