Tuesday, July 7, 2009


REPUBLIC was proud to lend a hand assisting fashion designer Yuki Tanaka Chateau de Lion photographer Layla Love in producing a fantastic art and fashion exposition at the National Arts Club on June 24th. The Thursday evening event was a benefit for Layla Love who was diagnosed with multifocal choroiditis, a degenerative eye condition that was causing her to go blind. The proceeds from sales of Layla's photographs and a clothing collection designed by Tanaka will pay for a surgery so Layla will not to lose her eyesight completely.

The space was generously provided by the National Arts Council which was founded in 1898 by New York Times art and literature critic Charles de Kay. The institution hosts a variety of artistic committees in a wide range of disciplines from Archeology to Theatre and Drama. Located at 15 Gramercy Park in the Tilden Mansion, both a designated New York Landmark and a National Historic Landmark, the National Art Club headquarters were a spectacular setting for this event which married photographs of a counter culture downtown mentality with the traditional eloquence of the show's location.

The after party for the event was held at the Baron Showroom at 545 w 54th st. Ms Tanaka's models displayed clothing made from some of the showrooms upholstery fabrics. The garments were ingeniously designed to resemble Victorian era garb with punk rock enthusiasm that seamlessly linked with the sentiment of Ms Love's photographs. The looks displayed won the hearts of the patrons who could purchase the one of a kind pieces as well as limited edition t-shirts made specially for the event by Ms. Tanaka with help from REPUBLIC.

If you would like further information on donating to help Layla save her eyesight you can email layla@lovephotography.org
For information on purchasing clothing items from Chateau de Lion contact chateaudelion@gmail.com

Pictures to follow soon

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