Art, Fashion & Celebrity Culture with Designer Leah Benjamin

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The Newport Art Museum and DESIGNxRI invite you to join us in a collaborative design event, “Art, Fashion & Celebrity Culture with Designer Leah Benjamin.” Admire the stunning architecture of the historic Griswold House, enjoy a drink, and allow yourself to be inspired by fine art and design in Rhode Island. Tonight we’re spotlighting fashion designer Leah Benjamin who will present her work and share her inspiration. The museum offers a full cash bar for drinks.

  • 5:00pm Doors open & Museum cash bar open
  • 6:00pm Guided tour of the Museum
  • 6:30pm Speaker program begins!

Join us for this exciting conversation about the melting pot of art, culture and celebrity in the post millennium from a first person point of view.

These events are being recorded and photographed. By attending, you give your consent to be photographed, filmed, taped, and/or recorded.


Leah Benjamin

Leah Benjamin has worked as a fashion designer, educator, and artist for over 20 years. Her work for Calvin Klein, Ralph Lauren, and Tory Burch has been featured in Elle, Bazaar, W, Vogue, Paris Vogue, and the cover of Self and Surface, with additional designs worn on the red carpet by Naomi Watts, Jessica Alba, and Liv Tyler.

She is currently working in collaboration with the Grammy Award winning singer-songwriter, Ms. Lauryn Hill, for the 2017 North American Tour. Ms. Hill and Nas, one of the great kings of hip-hop, will perform in Boston at the Blue Hills Bank Pavilion on Tuesday, September 12 (just 2 days before this talk!).

This unique event will allow us a glimpse behind the scenes with a Rhode Island native whose path has led her around the world and back home, where she lives an intentionally secluded life on her farm in Hopkinton, RI. Ms. Benjamin received her BFA from Parsons School of Design in New York, NY. She has also been an arts educator for over 20 years, including faculty, critic, outreach and teaching at RISD, The Newport Art Museum, The Art Institute of NYC, The MOMA and The Art Students League of NY.