Creative Lunch: PETAL at Gallery NK

Monday / October 24 / 12:00 PM

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PETAL: An Exhibition Inspired by the Designs of Ann Cole Lowe

Gallery NK is opening its doors during DC Design Week to welcome AIGA DC and PETAL , an exhibition by Dennis McBride. This Creative Lunch will feature illustrations, couture and ready-wear apparel inspired by the fashion design icon, Ann Cole Lowe, and a talk about the essence of fashion design. Valerie Chisholm, former Development Director of The Black Fashion Museum, will introduce McBride and set the context for their work. Together with McBride, Chisholm produced the traveling tour, A Stitch in Time: 1800-2000 (2001-2004) as a 25th-anniversary tribute to the museum founder, Lois K Alexander-Lane, which has been instrumental in the collection that is now part of the recently opened National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC).

Lunch is included. Registration is $10, limited to 20 attendees. Priority registration for AIGA members opens at noon on October 4th. General registration opens at noon on October 6th. Grab a spot at the beginning of the registration line, and sign up to become a member today!

Please plan to arrive at Gallery NK 10 minutes early to allow time for registration, lunch and swapping stories with other designers. The presentation will begin promptly at noon.

Gallery NK, born from a love of art and friendships, is an artist-owned gallery dedicated to creating beautiful environments. The gallery features monthly exhibits by artists from around the world. For more information about the gallery, please visit . (Open by appointment only.)


Nearest Metro stops are Union Station and NoMa-Gallaudet U. Gallery NK is located in an alley off K Street, between 3rd and 4th Street.


Date & Time


October 24

12:00 PM


Dennis McBride

Illustrator, Designer, Educator

Award winning designer Dennis McBride, is one of the few contemporaries with creative triumphs in both costume and fashion design, whose career highlights include a feature in Women’s Wear Daily (WWD), Best of New York issue; his own clothing label ONEYLL; theatrical productions of Hello Dolly and Not About Nightingales, at Howard University; as well as various dance performances. His illustrations have been featured with the International Ladies’ Garment Workers’ Union (ILGWU). As former Curator and Advisory Board counsel for The Black Fashion Museum (BFM/DC), his installations and traveling exhibit, “A Stitch in Time: 1800-2000,” played a key factor in the recognition of the BFM collection that led to its acquisition by the National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC | Smithsonian Institution). McBride has received degrees from Davidson College/NC and Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU)/VA. His four years of curriculum development and teaching in the Fashion Design department at Sitar Arts Center has been one of his most heart-felt achievements to date.