NEW YORK — A crowd of about 250 people turned out at the Brooklyn Museum of Art Thursday night for a fashion show featuring 15 of the borough’s designers and benefiting a nonprofit group that provides housing for the homeless and mentally ill.
Doris Clark, executive director of Brooklyn Community Housing & Services, said the event, Fashion on Fulton, got its start last year when she noticed a growing population of boutique designers around Fort Greene, where her group does much of its work.
“I would go out and see all this great clothing, and I wanted to know who made it,” she said.
For their part, many of the designers participating in the event said they relished the chance not only to show their work, but to participate in a larger cause. “When you’re a designer, you’re stuck in your own world, it’s very narrow,” said Michelle Spence, of Michelle New York.
Jonathan Adewumi, president of Nigerian Fabrics & Fashions — a fabric importer and local manufacturer focused on Afrocentric wedding clothes — added, “The community we are in supports our business and so we return to the community.”
The event raised in excess of $52,000 for the group, which provides short- and long-term housing for about 500 people a year, Clark said.
— Scott Malone