[caption id="attachment_1745" align="alignleft" width="244"] Zareh Zurabyan[/caption]
Renaissance Boston Waterfront Hotel was the venue for a recent Armenian event, one which was both unique and inspiring. The evening saw the likes of three talented Armenians coming together to combine their talents in literature, art and fashion as guests were in for a spectacular evening which included a book review and a fashion show and art exhibit based on the literature.
Zareh Zurabyan is a 26-year-old Armenian, living in the United States for thirteen years. He is a biochemist by profession and has been very much involved in the Armenian community in Boston. Zurabyan wrote the book "Letters to You."
[caption id="attachment_1744" align="alignright" width="300"] There was even a hashtag for the event - #dstrong[/caption]
It is a collection of letters from different characters which have been sent to one another. The characters have no relation to one another whatsoever, but there is a theme which is carried through in each story. The letters include a grandfather writing to his unborn grandson, a wife to her husband, a friend to a friend, among others. A photograph was accompanied by each letter to capture the emotions in the letter. His book is a collection of perspectives; hence the event was entitled "Expression of Perspectives".
The well-known Armenian fashion designer, Samuel Vartan read the book and chose eight letters by which he was inspired to create designs for the show. The models played the role of the characters in each letter through the creative vision brought across by Vartan. The letters included titles such as "Weakness is the key to strength," I'm sorry," and "To the little girl inside of you."
The letters were also beautifully reflected in an exhibit by Armenian artist, Lucy Abdalian, who selected three of them to put onto a canvas as paintings. Her paintings showed her perspective on life through her art.
The event was the first of its kind, as never before had literature, fashion, and art been combined in such a meaningful way and was refreshing for the guests to see something so unique.
The event was sold out, and more guests showed up than expected, as people from Canada, Philadelphia, New York, LA, and DC arrived to see the show. The guests were so interested in the book, and there was a great vibe and positive attitude towards the fashion show and art on display. Zurabyan is looking forward to working with other artists who are keen to express themselves, so let's hope that his next project is just as exciting.