Release date: 2/19/2013

San Francisco Opera Guild and Neiman Marcus Union Square Present
The Art of Fashion: Jason Wu

Fall 2013 Collection Runway Show—March 21 at San Francisco City Hall
Benefitting San Francisco Opera Guild Education Programs

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SAN FRANCISCO (February 19, 2013)—San Francisco Opera Guild and Neiman Marcus Union Square join forces to present The Art of Fashion: Jason Wu on Thursday, March 21, 2013 at San Francisco City Hall.  The magnificent 1916 Beaux Arts City Hall, a national historic landmark, will be the dramatic backdrop for a runway show highlighting Jason Wu’s Fall 2013 Collection—marking the first time the acclaimed designer has presented his collection in the Bay Area.  Co-chaired by Melissa Boxer Zill and Stephanie Tuttle and the first event under the leadership of new San Francisco Opera Guild President Karen Kubin, the evening benefits San Francisco Opera Guild’s innovative and impactful music education programs.  The Corporate Sponsor for the evening is BNY Mellon Wealth Management.
 
“We are thrilled to be partnering with Neiman Marcus to present Jason Wu’s brilliant Fall 2013 collection on March 21 at City Hall,” said San Francisco Opera Guild President Karen Kubin.  “This San Francisco history-making event will be talked about for years—already the buzz is incredible!  The proceeds of this spectacular evening will directly benefit the 50,000 students that San Francisco Opera Guild reaches each year with our award-winning music education programs.  We are giving voice to potential, and we are so grateful for Neiman Marcus and Jason Wu’s support.”
 
Since debuting his first ready-to-wear collection in 2006, Jason Wu has emerged as one of the leading global talents in the fashion world.  The 30 year-old designer’s unique and distinctive esthetic blends American sportswear with old world sophistication and couture quality craftsmanship.  His exquisitely feminine and modern gowns and dresses have captured the enthusiastic support of some of the leading women in the nation.
 
The exclusive evening begins at 6:00 p.m. with an elegant champagne reception in the Rotunda.  Guests will then enjoy the runway show in the North Light Court, followed by cocktails and a festive buffet supper created by executive chef Lucas Schoemaker of McCalls Catering and Events in the Rotunda, and dancing in the South Light Court.  Mr. Wu will also host a special VIP reception on the Mayor’s Balcony for patrons purchasing tickets at the Grand Benefactor and Benefactor levels.
 
Proceeds from the event benefit San Francisco Opera Guild’s award-winning music education programs, which have served children in Bay Area schools for 70 years.  Annually, more than 50,000 students in over 200 schools throughout Northern California receive the benefits of arts education as only opera can deliver them.  
 
Tickets and Information
Tickets for The Art of Fashion: Jason Wu include the champagne reception, runway show seating, cocktails/buffet supper and dancing, and are priced at $375 (1 ticket); $575 (1 ticket); $1,500 (includes 2 tickets with preferred fashion show seating); $2,500/Benefactor Level (includes 2 tickets with premium front row fashion show seating (limited availability) and special invitation to exclusive VIP reception with Jason Wu); $5,000/Grand Benefactor Level (includes 2 tickets with premier center front row fashion show seating (limited availability) and special invitation to exclusive VIP reception with Jason Wu).  For tickets and more information, visit sfoperaguild.com or phone (415) 565-3204.
 
 
About Jason Wu
 
Jason Wu debuted his first Ready-to-Wear Collection in 2006 with a unique and distinctive esthetic.  Through merging American sportswear with old world sophistication he established a supremely feminine and modern sensibility.  With the focus on couture quality craftsmanship, over 85% of the Jason Wu Collection is manufactured in New York City’s Garment District.  He is influenced by many sources including the classic photography of Richard Avedon, the works of Charles James and Jacques Fath.  He also finds inspiration on his travels to Asia, Europe and Latin America as well as an eclectic array of artists including Beatriz Milhazes, Rene Gruau and Barnett Newman.

Wu’s family moved to Vancouver when he was nine, where he began learning how to sew, draft patterns, and sketch in fashion proportions by using dolls as mannequins. At the age of 14, he studied sculpture in Tokyo and then spent his senior year of high school in Paris, where he decided to become a fashion designer. Wu then moved to New York City and enrolled in the prestigious Parsons School of Design.

Although only 30, the precocious designer has already achieved many of his aspirations. He has emerged as one of the leading global talents based in NYC but continues to evolve and grow as a designer. Wu continues to receive accolades including being named one of the finalists in the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund in July 2008.  In June 2010 he won the Swarovski Award for Womenswear at the CFDA Fashion Awards and in April 2011 he was nominated for the CFDA/Swarovski Award for Accessory Design.  In 2012 he launched the Jason Wu for Target limited-edition collection of women’s ready-to-wear and accessories, and in January 2013 launched his contemporary label Miss Wu.
 
 
About San Francisco Opera Guild
 
Founded in 1939 to support arts education and San Francisco Opera, San Francisco Opera Guild has acted on its belief that the life lessons drawn from creative expression are the foundation of confidence and integrity. Celebrating 70 years of offering award winning K-12 education programs and engaging community outreach programs, its mission is to give voice to potential, extending the impact of opera and bringing it center stage into the life of the community. Each year, through San Francisco Opera Guild's fundraising and education fund, more than 50,000 students in over 200 schools throughout Northern California discover the power of arts education to help them find their voice.  Karen Kubin is President of San Francisco Opera Guild.  To learn more about San Francisco Opera Guild, visit sfoperaguild.com.
 
 
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For further press information or to obtain related photographs, please visit sfopera.com/press or contact:
San Francisco Opera Communications –
Jon Finck (415) 565-6472 / jfinck@sfopera.com
Julia Inouye (415) 565-6430 / jinouye@sfopera.com
Robin Freeman (415)565-6451 / rfreeman@sfopera.com