Eco Chic: Night of Stars and Rising Stars
Event Date Apr 21, 2010
Time 6:30pm-9:00pm
Location The Corcoran Gallery of Art

Washington, DC, DC 20006
Corner of New York Ave and 17th Street, NW
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Non-Member Fee $150

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The Fashion Group International® of Greater Washington, DC, Inc. 

in collaboration with

Corcoran Gallery of Art and the Corcoran College of Art Design


Eco Chic: Night of Stars and Rising Stars

The evening will create awareness of Eco and Ethical Design by recognizing those pioneers of the Eco Chic movement with special honors and awards bestowed to exemplary efforts by professionals respecting the environment in fashion, art, beauty, architecture and interior design.  The Greater Washington, DC regional chapter of Fashion Group International is celebrating its 70th year as an organization by honoring the stars and rising stars who embrace ecology in their pursuit of excellence. The event will be held at the Corcoran Gallery of Art on Wednesday evening, April 21, 2010—on the eve of the 40th Anniversary of Earth Day.  The event is an officially registered Earth Day recognition event. We hope our coordinated efforts to recognize Eco and Ethical design will inspire more stars who will to take us to the next level of global environmental awareness.                                                                          

After the cocktail reception featuring an informal fashion show of the latest Eco Chic designs, guests will be escorted to the auditorium for the preeminent Eco Chic awards ceremony. The evening will conclude with guests receiving a gift bag filled with Eco-themed products supplied by the sponsors and members of Fashion Group.  The event has the support of Matilda Lee, author of Eco Chic: The Savvy Shopper’s Guide to Ethical Fashion and the Consumer Affairs Editor of The Ecologist magazine. Ms. Lee is also part of the team behind Estethica, London Fashion Week’s ethical fashion exhibition.  A panel of experts, including a member from the Corcoran Gallery of Art and one from the the Corcoran College of Art Design, will jury the nominations for the Rising Stars.

Tickets: or send checks made out to FGI DC to 11800 Sunset Hills Rod #521 Reston, VA 20190

Ticket Price: FGI and Corcoran Members $120. Non-Members $150 

Date/Time: April 21st - 2010 Cocktail Reception 6.30pm, Award Ceremony 7.45pm

Valet Parking: available. Fee TBD

Event Site:

Attire: Cocktail

Celebrity Emcee: Wendy Rieger,  anchors News4 at 5. She also reports on environmental issues in her long-running, weekly series called Going Green. Rieger has covered news in the Washington area for almost 30 years. She started at WAMU Radio as a writer then worked her way up to host of Morning Edition. She later anchored newscasts for NPR and WTOP Radio. Her television career began in CNN’s Washington Bureau.In 2005, Rieger’s first Going Green segment aired about a woman who became allergic to her own house and the eco-ways she found to counteract her bad reactions. Since then, these eco-stories have focused on topics ranging from “green” building materials to environmentally friendly products, gifts, and the local food movement. Rieger’s reports air on NBC stations around the country. These stories have also inspired NBC Nightly News and several other NBC stations to produce their own series on environmental issues. 

In April 2008, Washingtonian magazine readers presented Rieger with one of its inaugural Green Awards in recognition of her dedication to “preserving our environment through education.” She has also received three EMMY awards, including one for a special report she shot in Vietnam on home video twenty years after the war.

Eco-Chic Expert: Matilda Lee author of Eco Chic: The Savvy Shopper’s Guide to Ethical Fashion and the Consumer Affairs Editor of The Ecologist magazine. Ms. Lee is also part of the team behind Estethica, London Fashion Week’s ethical fashion exhibition.

Jury Panel: 

Architecture: Susan Piedmont-Palladino is an architect and curator at the National Building Museum. Since joining the Museum in 2002, she has served as guest curator for Tools of the Imagination and consulting curator for Masonry Variations and Big & Green: Toward Sustainable Architecture in the 21st Century. Her most recent exhibition, Green Community, was featured at the Museum from October 2008 through November 2009. She is also a professor of architecture at Virginia Tech’s Washington-Alexandria Architecture Center.                                                                                                                                  

Ms. Piedmont-Palladino co-edited Green Community, a series of essays on sustainable urban design, planning, and systems published by the American Planning Association in 2009. She is also the editor of Tools of the Imagination(Princeton Architectural Press), the companion book to the exhibit of the same name. She is the author of Devil’s Workshop: 25 Years of Jersey Devil Architecture (John Wiley and Sons, 2000), and contributor to Design Professions and the Built Environment (Princeton Architectural Press, 1997). She is the former national president of Architects/Designers/Planners for Social Responsibility and served on the design committee for the National Peace Garden Foundation. 

Art: Mark Leithauser is Senior Curator and Chief of Design at the National Gallery of Art. Beginning with an internship at the NGA nearly twenty-five years ago, he has participated in the creative development of more than four hundred National Gallery exhibitions. He is also a noted artist whose artwork has been at Coe Kerr Gallery in New York, the Hom Gallery in Washington D.C., the Brooklyn Museum, the Detroit Institute of Art, the Corcoran Gallery of Art, the National Museum of American Art, and the Library of Congress among others. Leithauser has served as an artist - in - residence at the Speed Museum in Louisville, KY, and as a panelist for the Coalition of Washington Artists.  Leithauser received a bachelor’s degree in the classics and two master’s degrees in fine arts from Wayne State University in Detroit, Mich., where he taught studio art for two years.. He was also a member of the advisory board for the Art Barn in Washington DC. In addition he has published drawings for the Washington Post and designed numerous book cover illustrations.


Beauty: Karen Sommer Shalett is editor-in-chief of DC Magazine. As a freelancer, she wrote for over a dozen publications including The Washington Post, Women's Wear Daily and Lucky. In her previous position as a reporter for New Orleans' Times Picayune, she reported on the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. She then launched the luxury shopping magazine Wish for the Times Picayune, where her work earned her a Louisiana Press Association award.

Interior Design: Catherine Armour, Chair of Design Department at Corcoran College of Art Design (CCA D), has extensive knowledge and experience in the field of design. She possesses degrees from Princeton University and Middlebury College, has worked as director of Interiors Studio at Michael Graves, Architect and leads the Design and Interior Design departments at the Corcoran College of Art Design, including three degree programs and numerous Continuing Education certificate programs and classes. Past professional clients have included: The World Bank, Disney, Las Vegas Clark County Public Library, Vassar College and The National Cathedral School. Additionally, Armour curated and designed the exhibition, The Furniture of Frank Gehry, which was on view at the Corcoran Gallery of Art in 2004.


Fashion: Lynda Erkiletian, Founder and President of THE Artist Agency, has been instrumental in helping the DC metropolitan area fashion industry grow and thrive in a city not often associated with high fashion.  For over 25 years, from the runway to commercial and editorial print layouts, THE has represented premiere talent including models, hair and makeup artists, wardrobe stylists, set designers and food stylists.  A 20 year member of FGI, Ms. Erkiletian served on the DC board for four years and created Beauty Within, the annual FGI, THE, and Langley High School community outreach program that distributes a Mothers Day gift bag filled with beauty products to over 300 homeless women in DC shelters.  She is currently a member of the Women’s Committee for the world-renowned Washington Ballet.  Ms. Erkiletian is the Executive Director of the James and Paula Coburn Foundation, a non-profit foundation providing financial support to charitable organizations dedicated to the advancement of the arts, education, and medicine, including cancer research and treatment. 

Event Chairs: 

Carroll Thomas Martin, (FGI Regional Director) has been a member of FGI for 30 years. Her professional experience includes owning and working for notable public, private and non-profit organizations associated with the fashion industry.  Ms. Thomas Martin’s private industry career highlights include owning an art gallery/ home décor retail franchise business; negotiating product deals with over 23,000 inventors and small manufacturers for the pre-eminent electronic retailer QVC; and directing international marketing activities and negotiating reproduction agreements for the National Gallery of Art.  Ms. Thomas Martin holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Design from Drexel University, received a certificate for studies in graphic and textile design at the Academia di Costuma e di Moda in Rome, Italy and has an MBA in International Business from Johns Hopkins University.


Karin Cadena (Event Executive Director) is a registered architect from the University of Los Andes in Bogotá, Colombia and has devoted her life to work in the fashion industry. She was founder of the FGI chapter in Colombia and has been with FGI for 25 years, nine of those serving on the FGI Washington DC Board.  She has extensive experience in the fiber, textile, and garment manufacturing market in Latin America through her work with international companies such as Celanese Corporation and Quintex S.A.  She relocated to the United States in 1999 and since then has been serving companies in New York, Los Angeles, Brazil, Argentina, Mexico, the Dominican Republic and Colombia.

Mia Collins (Event  Development Director) has been a member of FGI for 10 years and currently serves as the Development Chair of FGI Washington D.C.; a freelance stylist represented by T.H.E Artist Agency. She has worked with Vanity Fair, People, Washington Post Express, Nordstroms, NFL, In Style Wedding, The Baltimore Sun and Baltimore Magazine. For the last 3 years has been one of the lead merchandisers for Nike. She currently has opened a Social Prep and Training center located in Hagerstown MD. Mia has studied at The Fashion Institute of Technology and is a current student at The Academy of Art University, where she was awarded a portfolio grant.


Aba Kwawu (Event Fashion Director) President The Aba Agency a savvy integrated public relations, marketing and special events boutique specializing in developing brands in the fashion, design, entertainment and luxury lifestyle arenas. With a mission to evolve, nurture and maintain essential relationships within the media, celebrity and complex consumer markets, The Aba Agency positions clients intelligently with integrity and style.

Aba is one of the founders of Funkshion: Fashion Week Miami and the new Fashion Miami in the Miami Design District.

Aba holds a BS in Psychology from the University of Pittsburgh, and an MA in Fashion Marketing and Management from the London College of Fashion, London, England.


Martha Pheeny (Event Promotional Director) currently serves as the Secretary of the Fashion Group Foundation of Greater Washington.  A member of FGI for 15 years, Ms. Pheeny has served in various potions on the regional board of directors including Region Director.  Ms. Pheeny is currently the Director of Marketing for DC Magazine and holds a degree in Fashion Merchandising from Marymount University.

April Riccio (Event PR Director) is FGI Washington D.C.'s Event Public Relations director.  Ms. Riccio also serves as Publicity Chairman on the FGI Washington D.C. Board. Ms. Riccio founded her own company, a s r & company, drawing from years of experience in events and marketing for such noted retailers as Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue, and Lord & Taylor. Throughout her career in the luxury brands business, Ms. Riccio has established herself as a highly qualified marketing and fashion professional who creates successful events and fund raising projects. Ms. Riccio holds a BA degree in Visual Communication and Journalism from Ohio State University.  She also completed photography studies at Harvard University and journalism studies at Indiana University. 


Honorary Chairs:

Paul Greenhalgh, Director and President, Corcoran Gallery of Art and College of Art Design
Kirk Pillow, Provost and Dean, Corcoran College of Art Design
Sarah Durkee, Vice President of Public Affairs, Corcoran Gallery of Art