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Deanna Stone Waddell, Michael Faircloth
Michael Faircloth is one of the designers at this year's Dallas Opera First Sight fashion show.  Deanna Stone Waddell, Michael Faircloth Photo by Robert Bostick

The Dallas Opera continues to surpass our expectations, whether it's the glamorous First Night gala to kick off the opera season or an extraordinary performance on any given night.

In its quest to impress, the Dallas Opera is introducing a fashion-focused First Night spin-off called First Sight, a fashion show and luncheon that will take place Thursday, October 24 — the night before the red-carpet affair — at the Winspear Opera House.  

 "We have a top-tier opera company and arts scene in Dallas worthy of two days of celebration," says First Sight and First Night event chair Lynn Mock.

First Sight and First Night celebrate the 2013-2014 opera season, themed "By Love Transformed." Lynn Mock, a member of the Dallas Opera board of directors since 2006, serves as chair for both events.

"As a classically trained opera singer, I connect very deeply with the opera and its mission, and I believe in its vital role in the arts community," Mock says. "I am thrilled to be the 2013 chair for First Night and our exciting new season kick-off event, First Sight."

This is the third year the Dallas Opera will showcase nationally recognized local fashion designers during its annual opening-night festivities. But First Sight marks the first time designers will feature their work during a formal fashion show to benefit the opera.

"The designers use their own magnificent imaginations, creating one garment that is their inspiration and own interpretation of one of the season's operas," says fashion show producer Rhonda Sargent Chambers.

At the inaugural daytime fete, opera supporters can expect elegant looks by Escada as well as designs by Michael Faircloth, Abi Ferrin, Khanh Nguyen, Nicolas Villalba and Elizabeth Anyaa.

"My hope in turning First Night into two events is to showcase the relevance of opera to all art forms and, of course, the extraordinary talent that goes into the designs," Mock says. "Besides, we have a top-tier opera company and arts scene in Dallas worthy of two days of celebration."

Tickets for both fashionable events are available online. Let the shopping for social season begin. 

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