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A fundraising benefit to support visual arts programs, exhibitions and marketing support for artists of African descent, the National Black Arts Festival’s Fine Art + Fashion event was sure to be a stylish soiree, attracting art lovers and fashionistas from all walks of life to the Lenox Square store.

The evening, hosted by actor/model Nicole Ari Parker and celebrity fitness trainer Dolvett Quince, included a cocktail hour, fashion presentation and postshow party—which is where lensman Ben Rose snapped this uniquely angled shot. “I frequently shoot fashion shows and am often backstage for a few minutes before the models walk the runway,” says Rose. “I love the moments leading up to a show, when the designers are hastily applying final touches to each girl.” As far as the vantage point, “I’m pretty sure the models were wondering why the guy in the suit (me) was laying on the floor,” he quips. The things we do for fashion…


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