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Show your pride and support The Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation

As the world celebrates 50 years of Pride in June 2019, it is important to remember it has been almost 40 years since the beginning of the global HIV and AIDS crisis. Now savvy shoppers can support an important cause — all while looking fabulous — by purchasing this one-of-a-kind  Zac Posen and Ben Smith “Rainbow Love” handbag collaboration sold exclusively on LuxAnthropy.com, with all net proceeds benefiting the Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation.

  While much progress in HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment has been made, there is still much work to be done. LuxAnthropy is proud to support friend Zac Posen and his work with the Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation (ETAF).  “As an ETAF Ambassador, I see first-hand the impact the work the Foundation has,” says Zac. “What better way to show one’s Pride than by supporting this amazing organization. The bag is pretty fantastic too!

This truly one of a kind item — only three “Rainbow Love” bags were made — is personally signed by iconic fashion designer and ETAF Ambassador Posen, ETAF Ambassador Paris Jackson, and artist Ben Smith. “The sale of this bag will help provide life-saving treatment for people affected by HIV and AIDS,” says Catherine Brown, ETAF Executive Director. “What this means in real-life impact is mental health and emotional support for 35 families or education, testing, and prevention for 46 young people in the USA.  As you can see, these are vital programs needed in the fight against HIV and AIDS. We are thrilled to work with LuxAnthropy and Ambassadors Zac Posen and Paris Jackson on this special initiative.”

“We are honored to partner with Zac and the ETAF,” says Jennifer Hillman, co-founder of LuxAnthropy.com. “The person who purchases this amazing piece will not only have one of the most unique items we have ever sold on LuxAnthropy, they can also feel good knowing they are supporting the fight against this terrible disease.”

LuxAnthropy.com was created with the mission of changing the way consumers shop resale. With unparalleled exclusive access into the closets of celebrities, stylists, influencers, Hollywood insiders, and fashion houses, savvy consumers can purchase new and almost-new designer fashion, accessories, and gifts, all while generating funds for philanthropic causes.  LuxAnthropy’s experts carefully select, authenticate, style, and sell each item at prices up to 70% off retail. Funds for charity partners are raised in two ways: sellers donate a percentage of their commission to a charity partner; and LuxAnthropy contributes 5% of its proceeds to the same charity. Categories currently sold on LuxAnthropy.com include designer apparel, shoes, handbags, accessories and gifts.

ABOUT LUXANTHROPY

LuxAnthropy® is a high fashion resale website dedicated to giving back to charitable partners across multiple categories. Sellers make money and give money, and with each sale, LuxAnthropy donates 5% of its proceeds to the same charity.  LuxAnthropy was created with the belief that environmental awareness and conscious consumerism, along with small but thoughtful acts of generosity, breed global change. #resaleforareason For more, go to LuxAnthropy.com

ABOUT ETAF

The Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation provides direct care and support to people affected by HIV and AIDS. Inspired by Elizabeth’s personal passion for the cause, ETAF also engages with advocacy and education initiatives to advance its goal of an AIDS-free world. For more, go to etaf.org

50 Years of the Museum at FIT

Based on a selection of 33 major exhibitions which have consistently pushed beyond the obvious popular appeal of fashion and emphasised its cultural significance, this book is an in-depth introspection into “the most fashionable museum in New York City”, ie. MFIT (the Museum of Fashion Institute of Technology).

Edited by Valerie Steele, one of the foremost fashion historians and curators, Exhibitionism highlights the most influential exhibitions held at MFIT including: Fashion and Surrealism in 1987 on the relationship between art and fashion; The Corset in 2000 which was an exploration of the most controversial garment in fashion history; A Queer History of Fashion: From the Closet to the Catwalk (2013); Fairy Tale Fashion in 2016, a study into the enchanted and emblematic objects as the glass slipper and the red riding hood; Black Fashion Designers (2017).

Each exhibition included in the book is illustrated using installation photos, images of individual garments, and texts that explain the exhibitions’ concepts, scope and influence as well as the objects it featured. Exhibitionism also includes essays about the importance of fashion education at MFIT, highlights the role of hands-on, object- based learning and the inclusivity of minority, or even marginalised, groups.

Furthermore, each author provides an engaging “behind the scenes” look at the process of exhibition making and MFIT’s historic commitment to Fashion.

Becoming AFI × 50 Years

 “This book puts you directly behind the scenes for a story that began with a dream, overcame constant challenges, and evolved into the institution it is today.”Steven Spielberg

“Documented here by the people who lived it, this is a remarkable tale of how a major institution, created out of whole cloth, wove itself into the American fabric.”

Cokie Roberts, author and political commentator for ABC and NPR 

Becoming AFI Celebrates 50 Years of the American Film Institute


For over fifty years, the American Film Institute has flourished as one of America’s great cultural entities. Its graduates, faculty, supporters, and trustees have included such acclaimed individuals as Steven Spielberg, Maya Angelou, Gregory Peck, Sidney Poitier, Meryl Streep, Les Moonves, Patty Jenkins, David Lynch, Jane Fonda, Edward James Olmos, Shonda Rhimes, James L. Brooks, and many other respected leaders in the worlds of film, television, digital media, and philanthropy.

In their new book, Becoming AFI: 50 Years Inside the American Film Institute (Santa Monica Press/October 2017), Jean Picker Firstenberg and James Hindman provide a candid look at how this remarkable organization brought together aspiring filmmakers, educators, and artists who helped AFI become the foremost national champion for moving images as a vibrant art form.

From its early years operating out of the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, and the legendary Greystone mansion in Beverly Hills under the leadership of George Stevens Jr., through its incredible growth into an influential cultural institution at its landmark Hollywood campus under the guidance of Jean Picker Firstenberg, to its continued excellence today under the dynamic leadership of Bob Gazzale, the organization and its history are chronicled in Becoming AFI through in-depth essays written by those who have been involved in its adventures, growth, and success.

 “After being asked so many times what our book would be about, we decided to put together AFI’s history as we experienced it personally,” explain Firstenberg and Hindman. “As we structured the book with the stories we wanted to tell from those years, we realized that some of those stories really belonged to other voices. So, we went to several former colleagues and asked them to join our band. Each chapter tells a stand-alone story about an aspect of AFI, but together, they add up to the full picture.”

Becoming AFI provides an insightful, behind-the-scenes look at how AFI, with passionate determination, overcame the hurdles of advancing technology, political shifts, and new audience dynamics to turn its aspirations into a substantial and highly successful organization, becoming a tireless advocate of moving images as one of America’s most popular forms of art, and maturing into one of the world’s most respected educational and cultural institutions. 

“No matter how divisive life in this country may become, the movie theater has always been a place where we can discover what unites us.”

Vernon Jordan Jr., New York Times  “AFI saved our film history. AFI celebrates filmmakers. AFI trains the next generation. Thanks to Becoming AFI for telling us the fascinating story of its fifty-year history. And a big thank you to Jean Picker Firstenberg and James Hindman for documenting all of it! Here’s to the next fifty!”

Edward James Olmos, actor and AFI trustee


About the Authors
Jean Picker Firstenberg served as president and CEO of the American Film Institute from 1980 to 2007, overseeing the development of AFI as one of America’s greatest national, cultural, and educational resources. She received an AFI Life Achievement Award for Service to the Institute and was named president emerita and a lifetime trustee. In 2016, Firstenberg was named to the California State University Board of Trustees by Governor Jerry Brown, overseeing the largest four-year public university system in the United States, with twenty-three campuses educating the most diverse student body in the nation. Prior to serving at AFI, Firstenberg spent four years as a program officer at the John and Mary R. Markle Foundation. She also served as director of Princeton University’s Publications Office. Firstenberg is a summa cum laude graduate of Boston University’s College of Communications. She has served on several boards, including that of Boston University (1984–1996), the George Foster Peabody Awards at Georgia University (1985–1997; board chair 1991–1997), and the United States Postal Service Citizens’ Stamp Advisory Committee (2002–2014; committee chair 2008–2014). She has won numerous awards and honorary degrees. 

James Hindman, PhD, has spent his career in cinema and performing arts, creating and leading professional and public education programs at major institutions. During his twenty-four years at the American Film Institute, where he served as co-director and chief operating officer, he was provost of the AFI Conservatory, which he nurtured through WASC accreditation. He was also the uncredited producer of the award-winning feature documentary Visions of Light and the television series Starring the Actor. He developed the AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center in Silver Springs, Maryland, as well as numerous television projects and international film and television festivals. Subsequent to AFI, he developed and led film schools in the U.S. and internationally, including the Red Sea School of Cinematic Arts in Aqaba, Jordan, and New Mexico State University’s Creative Media Institute in Las Cruces. He is currently on the board of the New Mexico School for the Arts in Santa Fe, charged with creating a new cinematic and media arts program and facilities for the school. Prior to AFI, he served as head of graduate studies in the Performing Arts Department at American University in Washington, DC, having previously taught at the University of North Carolina. Hindman holds a PhD in drama from the University of Georgia and has served on the boards of the AIDS Service Center and LAMP in Los Angeles. He currently splits his time between Santa Monica, California, and Taos, New Mexico.

Patty Jenkins made history in 2017 when she directed her second film, Wonder Woman, becoming the first woman to direct a studio superhero movie and earning the biggest domestic opening of all time for a woman director. Jenkins wrote and directed her first film, the crime drama Monster, in 2003, launching Charlize Theron’s career with many awards, including an Oscar for Best Actress. Jenkins graduated from the Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art in 1993 and the AFI Conservatory in 2001.

Dana Gioia was appointed Poet Laureate of the State of California in 2015 by Governor Jerry Brown. An award-winning poet who has published five collections of poetry, Gioia served as chair of the National Endowment for the Arts from 2003 to 2009, and was named a USC Judge Widney Professor in Poetry and Public Art in 2011.

David Lynch, born in 1946 in Missoula, Montana. Eagle Scout. 


BECOMING AFI: 50 YEARS INSIDE THE AMERICAN FILM INSTITUTE

By Jean Picker Firstenberg and James Hindman

Foreword by Dana Gioia

Preface by Patty Jenkins

Afterword by David Lynch

Santa Monica Press/October 2017

Hardcover/$27.95

ISBN-13: 978-159580-094-7


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