mangue-banzimaOn Thursday, September 29, the New York fashion scene comes to the Arkansas Arts Center with noted fashion blogger and stylist Mangue Banzima. With over 15 years of experience in New York City fashion, client services, management and consulting, Banzima is the founder of Qui Style, a fashion and lifestyle blog that documents and forecasts current trends on the streets of New York City.

A passionate shopper of luxury and custom made to measure, and an enthusiast of people and their personal style, Banzima captures signature looks and original personalities in every street fashion shot.
He has served as a stylist for numerous fashion magazines and publications. As a creative and business consultant, he also advises companies and professionals in the arts, law, business and fashion worlds.

The lecture, which begins at 6 p.m. in the Arkansas Arts Center Lecture Hall, will be preceded by a wine reception at 5:30 p.m. and followed by an Art After Hours late night event with galleries, restaurant and shop remaining open until 9 p.m.

His lecture, Street Denim, coincides with an ongoing exhibition at the Arts Center: Cut, Pieced, and Stitched: Denim Drawings by Jim Arendt. The exhibition, held in conjunction with the ACANSA Arts Festival, features ten, life-sized portraits of the artist’s family members and close friends made out of denim, a durable, traditional material used to manufacture jeans. Cut, Pieced, and Stitched is currently on view in the Arts Center Atrium gallery and runs through October 23.

The lecture is FREE for members, $10 for non-members. Seating is limited; reservations are required. Call 501-372-4000 for tickets.