Thom Browne, Andrew Bolton came out for the Design for Disability Gala at Sotheby’s

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Donna Hanover, Ann Roth, Andrew Bolton, Thom Browne (credit: Clint Spaulding at Patrick McMullan)

Last night, the Cerebral Palsy Foundation held its first ever Design For Disability Gala at Sotheby’s. Five students at the Fashion Institute of Technology participated in a five-month competition to design beautiful outfits for women with disabilities.

Guests enjoyed cocktails and hors d’oeuvres and then took their seats for the show. After introductions from Richard Ellenson, the CEO of the Cerebral Palsy Foundation, and fashion designer Thom Browne, who acted as mentor to the students and one of the judges, it was time for the show.

Models came out on to the stage beaming and showing off the custom creations they were wearing. Student designer Grace Insogna took home the top prize of $5,000 for her work, which was judged by the A-list team of Browne, Andrew Bolton, the Head Curator of the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute, Ann Roth, Academy, Emmy, TONY award winning Costume Designer, Dr. Danielle Sheypuk, Psychologist, Media Commentator Disability-Rights Advocate and Model, and Dr. Alette Coble-Temple, Ms. Wheelchair America 2016.

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Loreen Arbus, Lisa Baird (credit: Clint Spaulding at Patrick McMullan)
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Sarah Tam, Alexis Bryan Morgan (credit: Clint Spaulding at Patrick McMullan)
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The student designers Nyleah Ford, Emily-Chao, KatiLin Stone, Ayao-Sasaki, Grace Insogna (credit: Clint Spaulding at Patrick McMullan)
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Lucia Hwong Gordon, Countess Nathalie von Bismarck (credit: Clint Spaulding at Patrick McMullan)
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The runway show (credit: Clint Spaulding at Patrick McMullan)
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(credit: Clint Spaulding at Patrick McMullan)
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Beth Malone (credit: Clint Spaulding at Patrick McMullan)
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Dr. Danielle Sheypuk (credit: Clint Spaulding at Patrick McMullan)
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Kelly Bensimon, Jill Stuart (credit: Clint Spaulding at Patrick McMullan)
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Andrew Bolton, Thom Browne, Alina Cho and Richard Ellenson (credit: Clint Spaulding at Patrick McMullan)
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Consuelo Vanderbilt Costin (credit: Clint Spaulding at Patrick McMullan)
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Dr. Alette Coble Temple (credit: Clint Spaulding at Patrick McMullan)