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The worlds of music and fashion will collaborate for a common cause next month as the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra and the Saint Louis Fashion Fund present Two to Tango: The Art of Music and Fashion on Nov. 16 at 7 p.m. at Angad Arts Hotel.

LN recently spoke with Miran Halen, co-chair of the event along with Shereen Fischer and Elizabeth Mannen, about what is promising to be an eclectic night to remember.

“The theme, Two to Tango, reminds us of the beauty that comes when two distinct art forms like music and fashion are combined and the unique experience created when two community organizations work together,” Halen explains. “The theme also plays off the saying ‘It takes two to … ’, which reminds us that collaboration is powerful and necessary to lift and improve our community.”

What will the event promote?

The event will highlight the work of the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra (the second-oldest professional symphony orchestra in the U.S.) and the Saint Louis Fashion Fund (a nonprofit focused on fashion and creative events, educational programming and developing emerging designers) and engage the audience in a unique evening of music, fashion, tango dancing and a live auction of special items.

What will the program feature?

The program will feature cocktails and amuse-bouches at 7 p.m., a fashion show featuring designers Jitrois Boutiques of New York City and Michael Drummond of St. Louis and the music of Cortango at 8 p.m., followed by hors d’oeuvres and a fashion party with tango dancing and a live auction.

Nationally-recognized, St. Louis-based Mother Model Management is directing the fashion show. Both Jitrois and Michael Drummond will offer fashion trunk shows following the event. Cortango is a tango, classical and jazz fusion concert-and-dance orchestra featuring five members of the St. Louis Symphony (Cally Banham, English horn; Asako Kuboki, violin; Chris Tantillo, viola; Melissa Brooks, cello; and David DeRiso, bass) and Adam Maness, St. Louis-based jazz artist and arranger.

Why were Jitrois Boutique and Michael Drummond selected to be featured at the event?

Jitrois presents iconoclastic leather designs that are not offered in our St. Louis market. Jitrois, the original stretch leather brand, really pushes the high-style envelope with its power-dressing shapes for women, use of exotic skins and best-of leathers, and seductive undertones.

The leather brand has garnered a cult following of the world’s most sought-after celebrities, such as Beyoncé, Cindy Crawford, Kate Moss, Kim Kardashian and Lady Gaga.

Michael Drummond is a world-renowned, avant-garde local designer who has added greatly to the fashion landscape in St. Louis.

Together, they offer our guests an interesting and diverse fashion experience.

What can attendees expect at the event?

Music is powerful. It can move you to tears or to spontaneous joy with sound. Combined with the visual art of fashion, it will create a different and exciting experience at the Angad Arts Hotel, a fun and new venue.

What do event funds benefit?

Proceeds will strengthen the impact of the St. Louis Symphony and the Saint Louis Fashion Fund on our community through music and fashion education, free community concerts, and free fashion and creative events. 

St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, 718 N. Grand Blvd., St. Louis, 314-534-1700, slso.org

Saint Louis Fashion Fund, 1533 Washington Ave., St. Louis, 314-400-9300, saintlouisfashionfund.org

Two to Tango: The Art of Music and Fashion

When: Nov. 16 at 7 p.m.

Where: Angad Arts Hotel, 3550 Samuel Shepard Drive, St. Louis

Cost: $275 per person

Information: slso.org/fashion

Brittany Nay, a writer of 10 years, is an Indiana native who adores Australia, indie rock music, and reading and writing both fiction and non-fiction.