Novato, California (PressExposure) May 23, 2012 -- The Association of Image Consultants International (AICI) wrapped up the 2012 Annual Conference in Honolulu at the Marriott Waikiki Resort on Sunday, May 20 with a Gala Awards Dinner and bestowed its highest industry accolade, The IMMIE Bravo Award of Excellence, on fashion designer Anne Namba of Anne Namba Designs. This prestigious award is presented annually to a person (or organization) whose work or contribution to AICI, its members or clients is outstanding.
AICI'S international vice president of marketing Yasmin Anderson-Smith, AICI CIP explains the origins of the IMMIE Bravo Award: "The individual selected must have actively supported and promoted a positive image in our society as a whole. IMMIE stands for Image Makers Merit of Industry Excellence, and Bravo expresses our appreciation for the recipient's contributions either to AICI or the image industry. Anne Namba now joins other prominent past recipients including Oprah Winfrey, Dr. P.M. Forni, author and founder of the Civility Project at Johns Hopkins, New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Target stores, to cite a few well-known names."
Anne Namba Designs reflect her Asian heritage. Born in Hawaii, she lived as a child in Thailand and Iran. A graduate of the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York, she worked for a time in the costume department at Radio City Music Hall. Her recent accomplishments include the costume designs for Pirates of Penzance for the Hawaii Opera Theatre, Madame Butterfly, presented at the Savonlinna Opera Festival in Finland and the collection Fashion in Motion, a New York City benefit for Mikhail Barysnikov's Art Center.
Namba's client list has included both celebrities and politicians, including the late, great actress Elizabeth Taylor, soul singer Aretha Franklin, secretary of state Hillary Clinton and Olympic gold medalist Kristi Yamaguchi. She launched her design business in 1989, and calls it a true family business. Her husband is the business brain, her nephew, the artist Kamea Hader interprets the fabrication designs with her and her daughter does modeling plus sales. "I humbly share this award with my family and loyal clients," says Namba modestly. Without their contribution and support Namba Designs could not exist. I love working in fine silks, along with select vintage fabrics. For me, the work is always challenging and meticulous. This year, I got my dragon design inspiration from the Chinese calendar--2012 is the Year of the Water Dragon. The dragon is a symbol of empowerment."
AICI members had the opportunity to view the chic, colorful and comfortable Anne Namba designs during a live fashion presentation as part of the conference's emphasis on image enhancement.
AICI, the Source for Image Professionals in Education, Experience and Excellence, is the leading and largest professional association of personal and corporate image consultants worldwide. A nonprofit organization, AICI is dedicated to advancing the level of professionalism and enhancing the recognition of image consultants. On the Web at http://www.aici.org.