Fashion Night Ignites 2019: The Hidden Language of Diplomacy

Fashion Night Ignites is a celebration of global nations and cultures, bringing together diplomacy, fashion, and philanthropy. The mission is to promote up-and-coming designers from different countries around the world. Diplomacy & Fashion envisions the creation of an exclusive network with an emphasis on fashion and the future of the industry in the center of the world’s diplomacy. Fashion Night Ignites, co-chaired by Indira Gumarova and Zarah Burstein and in collaboration with the Embassies of the Czech Republic, Malta, and Slovenia, launches fashion to the forefront of diplomacy in Washington, DC. 

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Fashion Night Ignites was hosted at the Perry Belmont House, a significant example of Beaux-Arts style architecture in Washington and one of DC’s architecturally and historically hidden gems.

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Fashion Night Ignites Co-Chairs: Indira (Left) and Zarah (Right)

Fashion Night Ignites Co-Chairs: Indira (Left) and Zarah (Right)

When we both moved to Washington, we saw a need in this city - especially in culture and excitement, we wanted to bring a bit of what we experienced from our travels around the world and living in New York City to Washington. This past Saturday was a dream for the both of us, to take an idea and make it into reality and executing the mission of bringing a fashion industry to Washington.
— Indira and Zarah
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Fashion Night Ignites featured designers included: Maja Štamol from Slovenia, Dur Doux from DC, Burnett New York from New York, Poner from the Czech Republic, and Charles & Ron from Malta.

Left: Maja Štamol - Renowned Slovenian Fashion Designer

Left: Maja Štamol - Renowned Slovenian Fashion Designer

Left: Cynthia L. Burt - Dur Doux Co-Founder. Right: Najla A. Burt - Creative Director

Left: Cynthia L. Burt - Dur Doux Co-Founder. Right: Najla A. Burt - Creative Director

Left: Sterling McDavid - Co-Founder, Co-CEO, and President of Burnett New York. Right: Emily Burnett - Co-Founder, Co-CEO and Creative Director

Left: Sterling McDavid - Co-Founder, Co-CEO, and President of Burnett New York. Right: Emily Burnett - Co-Founder, Co-CEO and Creative Director

Poner siblings. Nikol (Right) and Jakub (Left). Czech fashion designers.

Poner siblings. Nikol (Right) and Jakub (Left). Czech fashion designers.

Charles & Ron - Malta’s Leading Fashion House

Charles & Ron - Malta’s Leading Fashion House

Thank you Zarah & Indira for having us be part of such a wonderful event!


See more photos on Fashion Night Ignite’s Instagram

Fashion Night Ignites Co-Chairs: Zarah Burstein & Indira Gumarova

Featured Designers: Maja Štamol, Dur Doux, Burnett New York, Poner, and Charles & Ron

Program Design: Type A Design & Letterpress Studio

Photography:  Major Mynor Photography & Tina Krohn Photo

Lighting: Summit Event Lighting & Production

Interior: L'Space Interior Architect & Party Rentals, LTD.

Floral Displays: Adore Fleur

Accessories: Blue & Green Studio & David Yurman

Hair: Jerome Obry

Makeup: Trish McEvoy

Models provided by: The Artist Agency & Roe The Agency

Music Curation: DJ Enferno 

Partners: SweatnGlow, David Yurman, Bell Helicopter Textron Inc., Sterling Motor Cars Lamborghini, Kimpton Carlyle Hotel Dupont Circle, & Imperia Caviar