Designer Ilene Pearl Bannwart to Show iPEARL Collection at James A. Michener Art Museum in Doylestown PA During the Museum's Icons of Costume Exhibition

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Bucks County based artisan and fashion designer, Ilene Pearl Bannwart, will show her iPEARL fashion collection at the James A. Michener Art Museum on Saturday, May 8 from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. In conjunction with the current exhibition, Icons of Costume: Hollywood’s Golden Era and Beyond, the Museum’s Denoon Shop is presenting a Fashion and Accessories Trunk Show featuring regional artisans.

This rich turquoise cashmere iPEARL topper length jacket features Trapunto stitching on the collar, cuffs and hemline.

It’s wonderful to be part of this talented, select group of regional artisans and designers presenting at the Michener Museum during the Icons of Costume exhibition.

Bucks County based artisan and fashion designer, Ilene Pearl Bannwart, will show her iPEARL fashion collection at the James A. Michener Art Museum on Saturday, May 8 from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. In conjunction with the current exhibition, Icons of Costume: Hollywood's Golden Era and Beyond, the Museum's Denoon Shop is presenting a Fashion and Accessories Trunk Show featuring regional artisans.

"It's wonderful to be part of this talented, select group of regional artisans and designers presenting at the Michener Museum during the Icons of Costume exhibition," commented Pearl Bannwart. The iPEARL collection features couture quality, classic jackets and coats in rich European fabrics with an unexpected kaleidoscope of color, silk lining inside. These exclusive, limited edition, and some one-of-a-kind, meticulously tailored and detailed luxurious investment pieces can be worn as eveningwear or casually with jeans.

Pearl Bannwart will be introducing selections from her new iPEARL rainwear collection at the trunk show. "The luxury rainwear category has always fascinated me. Why shouldn't women be able to obtain smart, savvy fashion creations that are impervious to the weather?" said Pearl Bannwart.

The iPEARL collection has gained a strong following throughout the Greater Philadelphia area and nationally through fine specialty stores. Unique boutiques along the Philadelphia Main Line, and in Chestnut Hill, Princeton, Sarasota, Evanston, and St. Louis have presented the brand as well as Takashimaya New York. The iPEARL collection provides discerning women of all ages and sizes with sophisticated, luxurious jackets and coats that are timeless and effortlessly wearable.

Admission to the trunk show at the James A. Michener Art Museum, 138 South Pine Street in Doylestown, is free. Proceeds support the community programs the museum offers all year.

Media contact: Donna Weaver, WeaverWorks, 215-428-0972

About the iPEARL collection

The iPEARL collection, known as 'Luxurious fashions for elegant women', is the vision of Ilene Pearl Bannwart. Pearl Bannwart launched her concept for the iPEARL collection two years ago. Her firsthand, in depth knowledge of fine custom apparel can be traced back to her family heritage, the love of fine clothing, and the arts. The Bucks County, Pennsylvania designer was born into a St. Louis family whose lineage was steeped in the art of crafting fine quality garments. Her ancestors immigrated to America from Russia and Poland, and were skilled artisans in the world of design and tailoring. As a child, she had the good fortune of being outfitted in a custom made wardrobe, which soon became the standard she expected in clothing, and continued over the years. She loved fabrics and textiles, and spent hours studying those and poring over pattern books.

Ever the student of fashion, Pearl Bannwart has traveled extensively around the world. This global perspective enhanced her knowledge of the apparel industry and influenced her appreciation of fashion worldwide. A graduate of Washington University in St. Louis, her focus could have been fashion design, but she followed her avocation for music and voice studies. After a career in development for the nonprofit sector, Pearl Bannwart returned to her love of quality fashion and fine textiles. As the designer of iPEARL, she is living out her passion by creating styles for elegant, discerning women of all ages and sizes. The iPEARL collection retails from $500 to $2,900. For more information, visit http://www.ipearlfashions.com

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