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HERMAN AWARD: Fashion will meet opera when two icons of the fashion industry will be honored by the Martina Arroyo Foundation on Tuesday: Stan Herman and Rafael Sanchez.
Herman and Sanchez will be recognized by the foundation at a gala dinner at 583 Park Avenue for their community service and contributions to the world of opera.
Herman, a recipient of three Coty Awards and a former president of the Council of Fashion Designers of America for 16 years, has been an opera aficionado for many years. He brought a fashion sensibility to the uniform business for companies such as McDonald’s, United Airlines, Jet Blue and FedEx for more than 25 years, and is a popular host on QVC, selling his eponymous line of robes and loungewear.
“Stan Herman’s love, understanding and appreciation of opera makes him the ideal fashion honoree,” said Martina Arroyo, who was one of the first black opera divas to become an international sensation in the Sixties and Seventies.
Sanchez, who is best known for his longtime accessories business, will receive the foundation’s first Michel Maurel Award. Maurel was the late husband of Arroyo who created her foundation in 2003.
Arroyo noted that Sanchez has been an “important advocate for his untiring contributions to our foundation.”
The mission of the foundation is to prepare young artists for a complete operatic role before a public audience, from preparation through the final educational process, which includes drama, historical perspective, language proficiency and the psychological motivation of characters.