Vera was honored Tuesday evening by The Gordon Parks Foundation for her work in design, and using creative means to inspire the next generation. The foundation not only works to preserve the work of Parks, but also makes it available to the public through exhibitions, books, and electronic media and supports artistic and educational activities that advance what Gordon described as “the common search for a better life and a better world.”
At the event Vera told Women’s Wear Daily that Gordon “was a seminal artist and fashion was only one of his outlets. The incredible thing about him was he was also an activist. He was someone who brought a modernity and reality to his work that exists today. For anyone who is a modern designer or who is influenced by the arts as am I, I feel very honored to be honored by this foundation.”
Below are a few snaps from Vera’s evening where she was introduced by Chelsea Clinton, and joined by celebrity friends including Chrissy Teigen, Karlie Kloss, and Alicia Keys.
Shu Pei Qin, Vera, Karlie Kloss, and Alexis Stoudemire
“Vera owes her success not just to talent, but also to her indomitable work ethic. And vision.” Chelsea Clinton introduces Vera.
Vera and Alicia Keys.
Janelle Monae wows the crowd.
Vera with table mate and New York Knick Amar’e Stoudemire.