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Crishana Loritsch is a licensed property manager by day and a budding fashionista 24/7. A fourth generation native Washingtonian, she loves all things DC and credits her upbringing with making her into what she feels is a classic 21st century Renaissance woman.

Her love of the arts, music, fashion and all things girly began at an early age. Family legend has it that she only agreed to walk at the age of 22 months after her uncle promised to buy her a new dress. She walked the very next day and will walk a mile gladly to find the latest beauty and fashion must haves at a fantastic price. Her fondest memories growing up involve shopping with her Mom at Woodward and Lothrop (Woodies to us DC natives) and visiting every museum and art gallery that her legs and her Metro card could carry her. A few of her favorite DC destinations are The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, The National Zoo, and The Phillips Collection. Living in the DC area and being in the property management field can be stressful, so Crishana is always on the lookout to take advantage of every opportunity to invest in her sanity, whether it's taking in a concert, seeing a ballet, or getting a massage and facial.

Crishana also makes sure to give back to her industry and local community. She co-chairs the Outreach Committee of the Washington Metropolitan Chapter of Community Association Institute (WMCCAI) and also serves on its Editorial Committee as one of its featured writers of their publication, Quorum magazine. She was honored as the WMCCAI 2011 Volunteer of the Year as well as being named one of its 2011 Rising Stars. Additionally, she participates in 5K/10K races all over the Washington DC metro area which benefit such charitable organizations at Ringing In Hope, Habitat for Humanity Loudoun County, Ashburn Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department, and The American Red Cross.

Smithsonian American Art Museum Presents A Dress To Change the World Tribute To Princess Grace

The Smithsonian American Art Museum will present the American debut of A Dress to Change the World, a co-ed couture collection designed by artist Jeff Garner to honor the late Princess Grace at the Renwick Gallery on September 22.  Guests will enjoy a pre-show sparkling wine toast and a catwalk show set to live music by Eric Heatherly and Sovereign in the Grand Salon. Garner will close out the evening with remarks followed by a dessert reception, where guests can mingle with other fashion-forward Washingtonians.

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Garner, a 40 under 40 artist—who works under the Prophetik label—is known for creating distinctive fashions inspired by the dressmakers of the Civil War era and his southern home of Franklin, Tenn. His organic, sustainable garments are found in several high-end boutiques across the United States, including Fred Segal in Santa Monica. He has dressed celebrities like Esperanza Spalding and Kings of Leon and was honored as London Fashion Week’s “2010 Eco Men’s Designer of the Year.”

A Dress to Change the World will have its world premiere at the Salle Empire – Hotel de Paris in Monte Carlo during the 30th anniversary royal tribute, Grace, A Symbol of Change, an event organized by the Ladies and The City Institute, a charity dedicated to helping NGO’s (non-governmental organizations) affect “Smart Change” through research, empowerment and synergy.

All proceeds from ticket sales will help the museum acquire works from artists featured in 40 under 40: Craft Futures, an exhibit featuring 40 artists, born since 1972, the year that the Renwick Gallery was established.  The gallery showcases the evolution of art in traditional media such as ceramics and metalwork, as well as the disciplines of sculpture, industrial design, installation art, fashion design, sustainable manufacturing, and mathematics.

WHEN: Saturday, September 22, 2012 from 8-10 p.m.

jeff garner a dress to change the world

Jeff Garner’s grandmother’s quilt makes up this corset with hemp silk sleeves and boiled wool jodhpur pants, Freemason’s Hall London Fashion Week, February 18th, 2011. Photo courtesy of Jeff Garner.

Renwick Gallery/American Art
1661 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC  20006
Ph. 202-633-7970

TICKETS: $100, available online.






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