Another exciting literary event is coming up, and it’s one you won’t want to miss.
Entitled “A Literary Evening with Alexander Julian,” it is scheduled for Oct. 16 at 6 p.m. at the Carolina Civic Center. Proceeds will benefit the Robeson County Public Library, providing new technology for children and young adults and updating the existing computers throughout all seven branches.
Alexander Julian is an internationally acclaimed clothing and furniture designer and is one of only a few who have their work on permanent display at the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, D.C.
His “Colours” line is even credited with getting men to wear brighter colors.
He is also the recipient of numerous awards, including a Distinguished Alumni Award from the University of North Carolina, where he is a member of The Order of the Golden Fleece.
Now he’ll be hosting a literary fashion show right here in Lumberton. Characters and authors from much-loved books, movies and plays will be introduced to lights and music as Alexander provides commentary. They’ll include James Bond and Ian Fleming, “Wizard of Oz” characters and L. Frank Baum, along with Maya Angelou, President Abraham Lincoln, Nelson Mandela, Rob Roy and others.
The actors will be portrayed by local Robesonians, including Kyle Carter, Sam Evans, Cindy Kern, Rebekah Lowry, Abe Marshall, Johnny Robertson and Mary Winfree.
The evening will begin with a reception during which attendees can meet Alexander Julian followed by the fashion show that is designed to take the audience from Ancient Greece to the Civil War and to today’s bestsellers.
Although Alexander has lived for many years in New York and Connecticut, his heart has remained in North Carolina. He and his sister still own and operate a clothing store, Julian’s, in Chapel Hill — a store his parents founded more than 70 years ago. In addition, his eye for color has led to movie designs, designing the uniforms for UNC basketball, the Charlotte Hornets and Paul Newman Racing. He also founded the AJ Furniture line, which has incorporated his flair and sense of style in tables, bedroom suites and other home décor.
The last time Alexander Julian hosted a fashion show in Lumberton, it was 1994 and the event was so successful that the money helped start Exploration Station, providing a fun and safe learning environment for thousands of children over the years.
If you would like to attend A Literary Evening with Alexander Julian, contact Jeff Neelon at 910-258-4706 or Joe Butler at 910-740-2579. You can also email Jeff at Jeffrey.firstname.lastname@example.org or Joe at Butler4@nc.rr.com.