The Fashion Group International (FGI) Philadelphia is a membership organization for professionals in the fashion, beauty and interior design industries. The organization was founded by such influential businesswoman as Eleanor Roosevelt, Elizabeth Arden, Helena Rubinstein, Claire McCardell, and Carmel Snow in New York in 1930. Here in Philadelphia, Nan Duskin Lincoln was a driving force in organizing the group in 1947.
Marlene Dietrich, Lady Bird Johnson, Princess Grace and Prince Rainier III, Joan Crawford, Patricia Nixon and Brooke Shields are some of the honorees FGI Philadelphia lauded at their prestigious and glamorous “Crystal Balls.” Held just about every two years from 1957 to 1973 the events were in partnership with the Philadelphia Museum of Art and helped fund the Museum’s “Fashion Wing.” The collection grew over the years, with hundreds of gowns dating back to the 15th century including costumes, textiles, laces, jewels and accessories from around the world.
Today FGI Philadelphia continues to be the voice of the fashion business community. Events include seasonal coverage of the Women’s Ready-to-Wear Collections with guest speakers such as Philadelphia notables: Frank Agostino, Joan Shepp, Elizabeth Wellington, Mary K. Dougherty, Doty Horn of ColorVoyant and Dom Streater. Additionally, FGI Philadelphia celebrated the masterpiece exhibition of Roberto Capucci at the Philadelphia Museum of Art a few years back with a reception and viewing for members and special guests. A similar event was undertaken for the Patrick Kelly “Runway of Love” and Gerlan Jeans exhibits just this past April. Partnerships with The Philadelphia Fashion Incubator, LeLe Tran of US*U.S., and more, have resulted in business panels and in-depth discussions focusing on retailing, branding, entrepreneurship and more.
Check us out on Facebook at facebook.com/philadelphiafgi, Instagram at @fgiphiladelphia or for inquiries contact us. To become a member and get involved in shaping the Philadelphia fashion scene, visit http://philadelphia.fgi.org. Globally, the organization is made up of 5,000 industry professionals. The Philadelphia group has approximately 75 members and growing.
The current Board of Directors includes: Stephanie Ambuehl; Laura Baciu, Fashion Reformed; Hope Jidenma; Cathy Coho, Sarah Rodowicz, Laura Kelly, Ursula Spencer, Laraine Colden, Main Line Models & Talent; Elizabeth Hanson; and Janice Lewis, Moore College of Art & Design.