Four weeks ago I received an email that prompted me to do a double take... I was invited to the White House to meet the Obamas. They were having their Memphis Soul Night which showcased... Mavis Staples, Queen Latifah, Justin Timberlake, Alabama Shakes, Cyndi Lauper, Sam Moore, Booker T. Jones, Charlie Musselwhite and Ben Harper.
The event was powerful to me on so many levels so, I will list them:
First of all, How AMAZING is it to be recognized by the President and First lady??!!!!
My Mom was over the moon......which made me happy and my Dad was not too far behind her.
It also meant a ton, since we still produce in the US and are one of the last 5 % of fashion houses to still produce in the U.S.
It was incredible to see these Memphis stars from the 60's and 70's perform, mostly African Americans in front of an African American President. I have gotten comfortable to seeing him on TV etc. but it's so powerful to witness it in a small con fined space. Mavis Staple was so moved by singing to the First Family. I got to sit directly behind the President, First Lady and family- I could see their heads bob to the music. AMAZING!
Not to mention watching what a strong union the family shares. That was inspiring beyond belief. I was with an amazing crew, Jenna Lyons, Prabal Ghurung, Rachel Roy, Mary Alice Stephenson, Bibhu Mohapatra and Courtney Crangi.
After the event we all went out with Michelle Obama's peeps for dinner.
Overall I was incredibly grateful to have been included in such an incredible evening.
Here are some pictures from the night- it's also going to air on T.V. on PBS Tuesday, April 16,