February 3, 2023

Kudos to HyeRin Lee, a student at LA’s Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising (FIDM), who has been named the grand prize winner of the first Pierre Cardin Young Designers Contest.

She has been given a three month fully paid apprenticeship with Pierre Cardin in Paris and will have the opportunity to work directly with Pierre Cardin’s design team.

The announcement was made during a fashion show at the Consulate General of France in New York City.

The Pierre Cardin Young Designers Contest was held to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the iconic French designer’s birth.

After reviewing the initial submissions, the design house chose 10 finalists who were flown to New York City for a special workshop with Pierre Cardin’s board, including Rodrigo Basilicati Cardin, president of Maison Pierre Cardin and a descendant of the designer. HyeRin Lee was eventually chosen as the winner from hundreds of applications.

FIDM President Tonian Hohberg said: “We are honored by the House of Pierre Cardin for choosing our outstanding fashion design student, HyeRin Lee. After graduating from FIDM, this will greatly advance her career.”

In addition to the apprenticeship, her remuneration package includes transportation, room and board, and the opportunity to work full-time. The talented designer also receives a salary of $1,000 a month and the opportunity to have one of her sketches turned into an actual piece of clothing.

“We are so proud of HyeRin Lee for this recognition of Pierre Cardin’s company. The heads of our fashion department, Nick Verreos and David Paul, are beaming with pride,” said Barbara Bundy, vice president of education at FIDM.

Born and raised in Seoul, South Korea, HyeRin Lee now lives in Los Angeles. She will graduate from the university’s Advanced Fashion Design program in March.

SONDHEIM GREET

For fans of Stephen Sondheim’s music, 2023 will be a great year. Not only is the Pasadena Playhouse gearing up for the most ambitious event in its history, a six-month celebration of the late great American composer’s work, but a revival of his original Broadway production of “Into the Woods” will be a series of exclusive performances in the US, including Center Theater Group/Ahmanson Theatre. The opening in LA is scheduled for June 29, 2023.

The Playhouse season kicks off in January with Sondheim’s “Sunday in the Park with George,” followed by “Little Night Music.”

And in a groundbreaking collaboration, the Playhouse is teaming up with Pasadena Unified School District high schools to present its production of “Into the Woods,” featuring collaborating students and professionals. The grand finale is a special concert by Sondheim’s muse, Bernadette Peters.

Playhouse Artistic Director Danny Feldman said: “This celebration is in the making and has taken on even deeper meaning since the death of Stephen Sondheim last year. After our first season back on stage, we knew this year had to be all about celebrating American musical theater and our Playhouse community coming together again.

It was a smashing opening night (12/2/22) for INVINCIBLE - THE MUSICAL, featuring the songs of PAT BENATAR & NEIL GIRALDO, running through December 18 at The Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts in Beverly Hills.  This inventive new work weaves together the quadruple GRAMMY® Award and the legendary back catalog of 2022 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Inductees, inspiring new songs while reinventing Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet for the 21st century.  PICTURED: From left, Neil Giraldo and Pat Benatar with Coy Middlebrook, Acting Chief Artistic Officer of The Wallis (Photo by Sean Daniels/DVR PRODUCTIONS)
It was a smashing opening night (12/2/22) for INVINCIBLE – THE MUSICAL, featuring the songs of PAT BENATAR & NEIL GIRALDO, running through December 18 at The Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts in Beverly Hills. This inventive new work weaves together the quadruple GRAMMY® Award and the legendary back catalog of 2022 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Inductees, inspiring new songs while reinventing Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet for the 21st century. PICTURED: From left, Neil Giraldo and Pat Benatar with Coy Middlebrook, Acting Chief Artistic Officer of The Wallis (Photo by Sean Daniels/DVR PRODUCTIONS)

“INVINCIBLE”

It was a smashing opening night at The Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts for “Invincible – the Musical” featuring the songs of this year’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo.

Their new work has incorporated their back catalog and some new tracks into a jukebox musical with a 21st century twist on an ancient tale, Shakespeare’s ‘Romeo and Juliet’. While the plot is a mournful one, there was dancing and cheering in the aisles for Benatar/Giraldo and the 20-member cast during the curtain call. Producer Jamie Cesa, choreographers Galen Hooks and Macy Swain, music arranger Jesse Vargas, costume designer Lena Sands and director Tiffany Nichole Greene also took bows. Her proud mother and grandmother watched.

SOON

TODAY: Pacific Chorale presents “Tis the Season.” Renee and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall, Segerstrom Center for the Arts, Costa Mesa, at 7:30 p.m.

WEDNESDAY: Melodia Mariposa presents a concert of holiday favorites. Altadena Town and Country Club, 2290 Country Club Drive, Altadena, at 7 p.m. mediamariposa.org

JAN. 11 and 12: The Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts presents the Los Angeles premiere of Wise Children’s theatrical production of “Wuthering Heights,” based on the classic novel by Emily Bronte. De Walllis.org

JAN. 22: The Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra presents a baroque concert. The Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, Beverly Hills, at 7:30 p.m. The Wallis.org.

February. 4: The Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra (LACO) honors composer/musician Danny Elfman at his gala celebration in 2023 with guest conductor Joshua Bell and soprano Larisa Martinez. The Beverly Wilshire, Four Seasons Hotel, at 5 p.m. laco.org/gala.

*Attending indoor arts and entertainment events during the COVID-19 pandemic carries risks. Please adhere to the rules prescribed by the CDC and local health officials.

Patt Diroll writes a biweekly column for the Pasadena Star-News. She can be reached at pattdiroll@gmail.com.

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