CFDA Award Winning Designer Fashion designer and star of the new Bravo reality series The Fashion Show, Isaac Mizrahi, is one of ten visionary designers whose creations will be shown in The Nature Conservancy and the Smithsonian’s exclusive preview reception celebrating the premiere of an extraordinary exhibition, “Design for a Living World”, a traveling exhibition featuring objects created by ten visionary designers and made from sustainable, natural materials.

The Nature Conservancy collaborated with prominent designers from the worlds of fashion, industrial and furniture design. Each designer focused on a natural material from a specific place where the Conservancy works to create beautiful, sustainable objects of art and design. The exhibition features designs by Yves Béhar, Stephen Burks, Hella Jongerius, Maya Lin, Christien Meindertsma, Abbott Miller, Isaac Mizrahi, Ted Muehling, Paulina Reyes for Kate Spade and Ezri Tarazi.

Among the creations featured in the exhibition are a cocktail dress and shoes by Mizrahi utilizing salmon leather; precious jewels by Ted Muehling made with farmed black pearls and vegetable “ivory” and Paulina Reyes innovative handbags made with sustainable woods, cotton and jipijapa, a fiber made of palm leaves.

The event takes place on Wednesday May 13, 2009, at 6:30 pm, Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, 2 East 91st Street at 5th Avenue, New York City.

Tickets for the cocktail reception – which will benefit The Nature Conservancy – can be purchased by contacting The Nature Conservancy Benefit Office c/o Scott Perrin, The Event Office, 162 West 54th Street, Suite 4C, New York, New York 10019 tel. 212-957-9155 email SPerrin@TheEventOffice.com. For more information visit The Nature Conservancy’s website.

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