In 2016, as a committee member of the AMBI Gala, in support of the Children’s Aid Society and U for Change, I was asked to host a trunk show for Canadian designer Mikael D for a full day event with an extensive guest list of past clientele and patrons of the charities. As hostess I provided the venue, catering and contributed to a guest list – that was the extent of my involvement. All other aspects of this event rested solely in the hands of Mikael D and his Canadian representative. Best efforts were made by Mikael D to provide a variety of sizes of dresses, but as this was a trunk show, garments were intended to be representative of the designer’s work and actual pieces were to be ordered and custom made in time for the gala. As was indicated to me at the time, all that was available in Canada, including a range of sizing, was provided. I assure you, everyone in attendance tried on a gown. The product available included some celebrity loans, prototypes, and samples, available for immediate purchase. We personally purchased five pieces, including two celebrity loans, which we then donated to Dress for Success Toronto  ( to be auctioned at their annual gala. I am a champion of repurposing high end designer pieces for personal and charitable purposes. ( On behalf of myself, the AMBI Gala Foundation and the charities supported, we would not participate nor support any organization which would lend itself to discrimination. In fact, all of those involved are the antithesis of intolerance, as the very underlying charities are hard at work supporting socio and economic diversity howsoever defined. Tags

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