ARS Eastern USA Sponsors Fashion Show Featuring Kevork Shadoyan Fashion

WASHINGTON TOWNSHIP, N.J.—The Armenian Relief Society (ARS) of the Eastern United States (ARS Eastern USA) Board of Regional Directors hosted a fashion show on Oct. 6, which featured unique regional costumes of historic Armenia, at the Seasons catering hall in New Jersey.

A scene from the fashion show

Present at the event were ARS Central Executive Board (CEB) Chairperson Caroline Chamavonian, CEB member Silva Kouyoumdjian, ARS Eastern USA Regional Board Members and its executive director, ARS members representing several chapters, and over 275 guests.

After a lavish cocktail hour, guests were ushered into the main dining hall where they eagerly waited for the program to begin.

The models display Shadoyan’s designs on the runway

Sonia Bezdikian, ARS Eastern USA Board member and Mistress of Ceremonies, welcomed the guests and thanked the ARS members and attendees for their attendance at this event. She reminded that audience that the ARS has served the Armenian nation well for 106 years and will continue to do so for centuries to come.

ARS Eastern USA Chairperson Talin Daghlian welcomed all of the guests and asked everyone to stand in a moment of silence for all those lost in Artsakh (Nagorno-Karabagh/NKR) and Syria. Daghlian then expressed her appreciation to the Fashion Show Committee members who worked with dedication in order to ensure that the evening’s event would be a success.

The evening included several flute interludes by Meghri Tutunjian

The fashion show began with the presentation of Kevork Shadoyan’s exclusive collection dedicated to the Armenian Genocide Centennial called, “Reincarnation.” The costumes of the cities of historic Armenia such as Van, Sassoun, Zeytoun, and many more were exhibited. Armenian children wearing traditional Armenian costumes walked down the runway with pride as the onlookers applauded vigorously. The adult costumes were also shown, of which some were bold in colors, had stripes, belts, and striking head pieces. A very outstanding finale to this collection took place and everyone was excited about the display.

The costumes of the cities of historic Armenia such as Van, Sassoun, Zeytoun, and many more were exhibited.

Kevork Shadoyan’s 2016-17 evening gowns from his Spring/Summer collection were then shown and the audience appeared to be in awe of the creativity, fabrics, beading, and designs that these gowns revealed. The gowns were one of a kind and many guests commented on how beautiful they were. Kevork Shadoyan appeared during the finale and the audience was ecstatic to meet him as noted by the thunderous applause.

Shadoyan with ARS members

Dinner was then served as guests enjoyed each other’s company. The evening included several flute interludes by Meghri Tutunjian. It was a very enjoyable evening for all and the ARS Eastern USA board gratefully acknowledges the support it received from all those who worked hard to make this a successful event and to all those who attended or supported this event through their donations.

A model displays one of Shadoyan’s designs

Shadoyan appeared during the finale and the audience was ecstatic to meet him as noted by the thunderous applause.

The ARS Eastern USA Board of Regional Directors thanks its chapters and supporters for their generous donations.


Ms. Anna Baghdassarian

Mr. Zohrab Tazian


Armenian traditional costume donors

ARS of Canada Region

Alex and Ani Jewelry Chain

A&R, LLC The Nalbandian, Shahinian & Simonian Families

Mr. and Mrs. Charles and Diana Mkhitarian

Mr. and Mrs. Dennis and Linda Tarzian, and sons Christopher and Matthew

Mr. and Mrs. Sevag and Knar Vartanian

ARS Shushi Chapter, MA

ARS Mayr Chapter, NY

ARS Agnouni, Bergen County, Shakeh, and Spitak Chapters, NJ

Mr. and Mrs. Karnig and Alice Alajajian

Mrs. Margaret Babikian Medina




Mrs. Shakeh Basmajian in memory of George Basmajian

Dr. Garbis Baydar

Ms. Virginia L Davies

Dr. Raffy and Mrs. Vicki Shoghag Hovanessian

Mr. and Mrs. Hagop and Ica Kouyoumdjian

Mr. and Mrs. Vahe and Shake Nahapetian

Mr. and Mrs. Jack, Cynthia, James and Jesse Nakashian in memory of Zabel Nakashian

Mrs. Arpy Seferian

ARS Erebouni Chapter, NY

ARS Zabelle Chapter, IL

ARS Leola Sassouni Chapter, MA

ARS Lowell Lousintak Chapter, MA

ARS Artemis Chapter, PA

ARS Ani Chapter, PA




Ms. Sossie Aria

Mrs. Suzanne Azarian

Mr. and Mrs. David and Ani Attar

Mr. Mher Azezian

Mr. and Mrs. Hrair and Silva Baronian

Mr. and Mrs. Ohannes and Sonia Bezdikian

Mr. and Mrs. Peter and MaryAnne Bonjouklian

Mr. and Mrs. Ohanes and Caroline Chamavonian

Mr. and Mrs. Zohrab and Talin Daghlian

Ms. Aline Kassabian

Mr. and Mrs. Garo and Shakeh Ketsemanian

Mr. and Mrs. Hovig and Sona Koushakjian

Mr. Kevork Koushagjian

Mr. and Mrs. Mgrdich and Angele Manoogian

Dr. and Mrs. Ara and Ani Meradian

Ms. Alice Movsesian

Mr. and Mrs. Avedis and Bea Movsesian

Mr. and Mrs. Sarkis and Mary Ohanessian

Mr. and Mrs. Hovig and Silva Sagherian


V & S Cleaners, Inc.

Mr. and Mrs. Vahig and Karine Shnorohkian

The Tufenkian Foundation, Inc.

Ms. Sandra Melik Vartanian

Mrs. Joyce Yeremian

Ms. Silva Zadourian

ARS Sosseh, FL

ARS Havadk, Hartford CT

ARS Racine Soseh, WI

ARS Reubena Chapter, IL

ARS Tsolig, MI



A.K. Chirpractic Health Center

Franklin Lakes Service LLC

Dr. Peter Benanti

Ms. Edna Eskandarian

Ms. Rose Jolakian

Ms. Madeleine Kazandjian

Mr. and Mrs. Krikor and Taline Karakoulian

Dr. and Mrs. Vahan and Maggie Kouyoumdjian

Mr. Michael G. Mensoian

Ms. Nelly Minassian

Ms. Helen Misk

Mr. and Mrs. Joseph and Angela Nakashian

Mr. and Mrs. Khoren and Seta Nalbandian

Old Tappan Financial and Insurance LLC

Mr. Arshag Tarpinain

Ms. Melissa Simonian

Mrs. Nayda Voskerijian


ARS Arax, MA

ARS Artsakh, OH

ARS Maro Chapter, MI

ARS Shakeh, MI

ARS Sybille, MI








Source: Armenian Weekly
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