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"Fashion of Paper" Show Draws Over 1,500 Attendees at Graphics of the Americas

Press release from the issuing company

Miami Beach, Florida– March 20, 2007– Graphics of the Americas-Xplor, the second largest U.S.-based annual international graphic communications exhibit and conference, today announced an outstanding turnout at the Fashion of Paper, a runway showcase of cultural fashions constructed purely from paper. The show took place Saturday, March 3, 2007 during Graphics of the Americas’ South Beach Party at the Miami Beach Convention Center, drawing over 1,500 in attendance. Uniting three the forces of design, paper and print, attendees celebrated the symbiotic relationship between the ultimate designs of fashion and paper. The Fashion of Paper featured a runway show of paper dresses from around the world celebrating diversity, creativity and the arts. Having recently outgrown previous venues, The Fashion of Paper moved to the catwalk at The Miami Beach Convention Center and Graphics of the Americas. “We were honored that both AIGA Miami and Unisource chose Graphics of the Americas as the location for their Fashion of Paper show,” said George Ryan, president and CEO of the Printing Association of Florida and event organizer for Graphics of the Americas. “The runway show was an ideal example of the industry coming together through the spirit of collaboration to develop a line of printed, paper-based fashions.” AIGA Miami, the creative force behind design, teamed up with Unisource, a national paper distributor as a collaborating partner to oversee all creative standards of paper designs, which were featured on the fashion runway. Fifteen designers and design firms were chosen by the AIGA selection committee; all came from AIGA Miami member’s submissions and were each assigned a country and paper from various Unisource mills. From these simple blank sheets of paper emerged beauty and inspired imagination channeled into fifteen fashion creations- each representative of a distinct world culture. Some countries on the runway included Bangladesh, Croatia, Mali, Samoa and Venezuela AIGA Miami and Unisource actively sought out designer’s input and strived to keep the design professionals current on the latest offerings from the various Unisource mills. The Fashion of Paper was an example of the level of commitment Unisource has towards its customers and the graphic industry in South Florida.