Hanky Panky Ziegfeld Club Celebration

Hanky Panky Ziegfeld Club Celebration

Photos by studios606.com.

“What do you all have in common?” asked Laurie Sanderson, Executive Director of the Ziegfeld Club, from a candle-lit stage to a crowd of 50+ guests.

“All of you took the call of [Florenz] Ziegfeld.”

Claps and cheers from members of the Ziegfeld Club and the Hanky Panky creative team answered Laurie.

A critical part of that call is helping and empowering women in the musical theatre and everyone Laurie addressed worked to keep that mission alive.

Hanky Panky Ziegfeld Club Celebration

Last week members of the Ziegfeld Club and Hanky Panky came together at the Player’s Club Dining Hall in New York City to celebrate their collaboration: the Hanky Panky After Midnight® presents Ziegfeld Follies collection.

The new pieces (launching September 2016) were inspired by the performers of the legendary Ziegfeld Follies like Billie Burke and Josephine Baker.

Hanky Panky Ziegfeld Club Celebration

The collection and its launch are designed to bring attention back to the Ziegfeld Club and their mission to support and encourage women in performing arts.

Pieces are imbued with the spirit of those Ziegfeld stars and include beautiful styles like a peacock feather embroidered bralette and thong combo and a fringed shimmy set with matching armbands.

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Guests were treated to a sneak peek of three pieces on mannequins: the Josephine Chain Back Bodysuit, the fringetastic Lillian set, and Billie Bikini.

Besides seeing the new Hanky Panky pieces, one of the most exciting things attendees were able to witness that evening was the direct impact the Ziegfeld Club makes.

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Above and from left: Lisa DeSpain, Tiffany Chalothorn and Masi Asare.

“[The Billie Burke Award] transformed my life…” – Masi Asare.

After Laurie spoke, the Club’s recent Billie Burke Award Winner, Masi Asare took the stage.

“[The Billie Burke Award] transformed my life,” said Masi. “As a result, I have an agent for the first time in my life, recorded a professional demo and that demo opened up an opportunity at a theater in London.”

Hanky Panky Ziegfeld Club Celebration

The Billie Burke Ziegfeld Award is given to an emerging, female composer-lyricist, or team of composer and lyricist, who compellingly demonstrates financial need, professional initiative, and outstanding artistic promise in musical theater songwriting.

Hanky Panky Ziegfeld Club Celebration

Masi was then joined by Tiffany Chalothorn and pianist, Lisa DeSpain to perform a piece from Masi’s play, Sympathy Jones, the story of a young woman who dreams of being a star…a star spy.

After Masi, Tiffany and Lisa took a bow, two models walked towards the stage. One model showed off the Hanky Panky After Midnight® presents Ziegfeld Follies collection’s Lillian set. Next to her, a young woman showed off a replica of a Ziegfeld Follies 1920s Show Girl Costume.

Hanky Panky Ziegfeld Club Celebration

It was the perfect way to end the evening — showcasing the influence the spirit of the Ziegfeld Follies still exerts on music, entertainment and fashion.

Learn More

The Ziegfeld Club, Inc.
Website: www.theziegfeldclubinc.com
Email: ziegfeldclub@gmail.com

Hanky Panky
Website: www.hankypanky.com
Email: tammy@hankypanky.com

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