First Lady Michelle Obama hosted the National Design Awards winners and finalists at the White House last week in an effort to recognize today’s revolutionary designers and inspire the designers of tomorrow. In conjunction with her support of arts and design education, the First Lady serves as honorary patron for the 2010 National Design Awards.
Among the winners and finalists were Fashion Designers Rodarte (2010 winner), Behnaz Sarafpour, and Proenza Schouler.
Finalist Behnaz Sarafpour is originally from Iran and recognized for her elegant and modern designs. While attending the Parsons School of Design, she began working for Anne Klein, and Isaac Mizrahi post-graduation. In 2006, she made her classic and feminine designs available en masse when she became part of Target’s GO International line, an initiative to marry high fashion at affordable prices. To see Sarafpour’s entire collection, visit her online at www.behnazsarafpour.com/, on Facebook, or on Twitter @behnazsarafpour.
The National Design Awards was established in 2010 and recognizes exemplary designers including fashion design, interior design, and architectural design. In order to qualify, designers must have had seven years worth of experience in their industry and are selected for their excellence, innovation, and enhancement. Would you agree that Behnaz Sarafpour brings all three?