Dorris, a 2008 Woodland High School graduate and 2012 Savannah College of Art and Design graduate, said the gala would be his first show. He said he had been wanting to hold one for some time, and he has a personal connection to his event’s cause.
“My original reason for getting into fashion was my grandmother and she recently passed in January from Alzheimer’s,” Dorris said. “With that being said, she was there for the first part, picking out the silks, the beading, she saw all the preliminary sketches. ... so I just wanted to give back in that sense ... to have an event like this — especially be black tie, a gala, so to speak — I just really want to give back.”
The event will feature cocktails at 7 p.m., with the catwalk presentation occurring an hour later. A silent auction with various accessories, including men’s pocket wears and clutches, will round out the evening, Dorris said. VIP tickets will be $50, with one cocktail included, while general admission will run $40 per ticket. Both tickets will be available at the door. Although ticket sales will help offset the venue cost, all of the proceeds from the silent auction will go toward the American Alzheimer’s Association, Dorris added.
Though he has specialized in designing evening wear and for special occasions in the past, Dorris said he has begun designing for weddings as well.
“Bridal’s been something new. I’ve recently made a couple of wedding dresses and what I’ve noticed too, with the economic times ... this is the last real piece of clothing that someone will spend that much money [on] for one day, and because the feeling just gets you,” he said. “You know you want to go beautiful. You want to go special. You want a dress no one else is going to have. That’s what I like. I deal in exclusivity.”
In the past, Dorris said he designed for Suzanne Benoit, who wore one of his dresses during the recent Cartersville Dances with the Stars event. He handmade all the designs 16 models will be wearing during Saturday’s event.
“Everything was done by hand and everything 100 percent was done by me from sketch, to the pattern making ... to the end result that people will see Saturday night,” Dorris said.
As the designs are couture, they will not be available for purchase, Dorris added. However, he said he would accept custom orders.
Dorris also thanked the City Cellar Restaurant, Jordon Scott Salon and Booth Western Art Museum for their assistance in planning, organizing and hosting the gala. Of all the venues available, Dorris said he selected the Booth due to its location and collection.
“Why I chose that is because it was in Cartersville, first and foremost, but it is also the Booth Western Art Museum, and my background, I have a strong pedigree. My cousin was the most recent chief of the Eastern Band of the Cherokee. So that’s why I chose it. I just love the artwork and the things that it has,” he said.
In addition to being purchased at the door, tickets are available for reservation by emailing Dorris at firstname.lastname@example.org.