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The Anna Fong Collection Was Inspired by Heritage; Dancer Intentionally Singed His Flesh

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Not knowing exactly what to expect at Anna Fong's "A Mayan Tale" presentation at the historic technicolor Blackstone Hotel on South Michigan, we wandered into the ballroom and assumed our seats. When the show finally started after a presentation of Di Pasca hair trends, the spotlights dimmed and the house lights went off. A smooth but unfiltered nautical sound filled the room which made us turn around to find half dressed men and women with enormous head dresses made of feathers walking toward us.

The dancers were there to introduce the collection and provide a bit of background to the inspiration for Anna Fong's 2011 A/W collection. The collection, named "A Mayan Tale" pulls inspiration from Anna's recent trip to Central America, where she re re-discovered her Guatemalan heritage. The collection utilizes rich, colorful hand-woven fabrics, in functional yet feminine and modern silhouettes

· Anna Fong [Official Site]
· Fashion Focus Chicago [Chicago Fashion Resource]