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The Metallic Gala Sparkles at The Slover Library

About 200 guests gathered at the downtown Slover Library on Saturday night, April 1 for the inaugural Metallic Gala showcasing original fashions by African American designers. The event was hosted by the Friends of the Norfolk Public Library and was a fundraiser for literacy services and multicultural activities presented by the city’s library system. Metallic Gala was produced by Mikasa La’Charles with Ron Cooke and Patricia Rountree and featured the colorful and creative designs of seven persons from the local area, Richmond and Washington, D.C. Each designer’s collection displayed custom garments for both men and women in either black, white or any metallic hue (gold, silver, bronze, etc.).

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