The Inspiration Gala: Video
amfAR and Josh Wood Productions launched the Inspiration Series in 2010 to celebrate fashion and style while raising funds for the Foundation’s lifesaving AIDS research programs. The inaugural event took place at the New York Public Library, with host Kylie Minogue presenting the Piaget Award of Inspiration to Ricky Martin and Jean-Paul Gaultier. The “Black Tie/Black Leather”-themed night also featured a performance by Cyndi Lauper and a runway show starring 52 of Wilhemina’s top models, who were outfitted by world-renowned designers. In 2011, the fashion show theme was “Black Tie/Hot Metal” and in 2012, the designers highlighted athletic-inspired styles.
Since the launch of the series, three Inspiration Gala New York events have raised more than $1.5 million for amfAR, and have paid tribute to celebrity humanitarians Fergie, Robert Duffy and Marc Jacobs International, James Franco, and Michael Kors, in addition to Ricky Martin and Jean-Paul Gaultier. Presenters have included Heidi Klum, Hilary Swank, Francisco Costa, Cheyenne Jackson, and Rose McGowan, and the Galas have featured electrifying performances by Scissor Sisters, Courtney Love, Estelle, Jennifer Hudson, Kelly Rowland, and amfAR Ambassador Liza Minnelli.
Past attendees have also included Ke$ha, Greg Louganis, Larry Boland, Sean Patterson, M·A·C AIDS Fund Chairman John Demsey, Andy Cohen, Chanel Iman, Judith Light, Lance Bass, Alek Wek, Roberto Bolle, Rufus Wainwright, Simon Doonan, Zoe
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