Thursday, August 21, 2014

Contest Offers Chance to Attend DC Fashion Week Opening Event at National Archives

From our friends at the National Archives...

New Contest Offers Members of the Public the Chance to Attend DC Fashion Week Opening Event at National Archives

Foundation for the National Archives Launches Contest to Highlight Local #SignatureStyle

The Foundation for the National Archives today launched an online contest to allow one lucky winner to receive two tickets to the 2014 DC Fashion Week (DCFW) Opening Night event at the National Archives; a year-long membership for two in the Foundation’s Young Founders Society; and two VIP seats for an upcoming major fashion related Archives event in fall 2014.

The Foundation recently announced a new partnership to highlight Washington, DC’s rich and diverse culture. Leveraging the National Archives Museum’s latest exhibit, “Making Their Mark: Stories Through Signatures,” the Foundation will host DCFW’s Opening Night event on September 24 at the National Archives Building. The evening will debut 2015 Spring/Summer designer collections and include a special presentation honoring DCFW’s 10-years of showcases. The Opening Night event will be free and open to the public, but RSVPs are required. Tickets are available online at:

“Making Their Mark” features original signatures from National Archives holdings nationwide – including those from fashion, sports, politics and entertainment – and the stories behind them. The exhibit features the #SignatureStyle of First Ladies and Presidents, including Jackie Kennedy’s pillbox hat, President Bush’s cowboy boots, and more.

Participants can enter the contest by submitting a photo of their own #SignatureStyle at starting today through September 1, 2014, at 11:59pm ET. A panel of judges from the Foundation for the National Archives will select the top 10 entries received during the submission period and they will be posted on the Foundation’s Facebook page and Tumblr blog at 11am on September 2, 2014. Once posted, images will be available to the public for voting through 1pm on September 17, 2014. Each member of the public may vote three times via one like on the Foundation’s Facebook page and one like and one reblog on the Foundation’s Tumblr. The entrant with the most votes across both platforms as of September 17, 2014, will be selected as the contest winner and announced by 5pm on the 17th. See the Foundation’s website for full rules and contest details.

The Foundation for the National Archives is an independent nonprofit that increases public awareness of the National Archives, inspires a deeper appreciation of our country’s heritage, and encourages citizen engagement in our democracy. The Foundation generates financial and creative support for National Archives exhibitions, public programs, and educational initiatives, introducing America’s records to people around the U.S. and the world. Learn more at:

A signature can be as routine as a mark on a form or as extraordinary as a stroke of the pen that changes the course of history. It can save lives or end them. The exhibit is free and open to the public, and will be on display in the Lawrence F. O’Brien Gallery of the National Archives Museum in Washington, DC, through January 5, 2015. The National Archives Museum in Washington, DC, is Metro accessible on the Yellow and Green lines, Archives/Navy Memorial station. Additional information on exhibits and programs at the National Archives Museum can be found online.

DCFW is Washington’s premier apparel trade show, and the only fashion trade show entity formally recognized by the District of Columbia. A partnership of independent fashion designers, producers and models, DCFW was created to increase economic development in the area of fashion design, clothing merchandising and modeling, and to enhance the visibility of the nation’s capital as a center of international fashion. DCFW showcases the fashion industry in the D.C. area and includes a wide range of domestic and international fashion trade professionals including buyers, sourcing agents, merchandisers, exporters and high-end retailers. DCFW will begin Wednesday, September 24 with the event at the National Archives and run through Sunday, September 28, 2014. For more information on DCFW, go to