LAX Brings Couture Fashion Runway to Tom Bradley International Terminal

06/18/2019 06:08 PM

For Immediate Release
June 18, 2019

Sarah Cash

(424) 646-5260

(Los Angeles, CA) Today, guests in Tom Bradley International Terminal at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) were wowed by a first-of-its-kind fashion show, spotlighting designs from international designer Sebastian Gunawan and featuring models and behind-the-scenes talent from the local area. The event featured 25 extravagant couture designs handpicked by Gunawan, a graduate of Los Angeles' Fashion Institute of Design and Marketing (FIDM).

"Los Angeles International Airport is on the leading edge of design and innovation, just like Sebastian Gunawan's couture designs," said Deborah Flint, Chief Executive Officer, LAWA. "With today's first-ever LAX Fashion Show, we are showcasing the dynamism of Los Angeles' fashion scene right here on LAX's own fashion runway and further bringing the spirit of Los Angeles to our guests."


Today's show is part of the airport's commitment to showcasing local artists who have developed their talents in Los Angeles. Twenty models from L.A.-based agencies strutted the runway wearing luxurious, sophisticated pieces while airplanes and the currently under construction Midfield Satellite Concourse, set to open mid-2020, provided the backdrop. 


Gunawan was born in Indonesia and was inspired by his mother’s natural flair for fashion. After graduating FIDM, he further developed his talents at Milan’s famed Instituto Morangoni. Gunawan, along with his wife Cristina, created and launched his brand in Jakarta, Indonesia. 

Click here to access a gallery of photos from today's event. Please credit photos to Los Angeles World Airports. A livestream and additional photos of the event can be found on our Facebook page and on Instagram @flylaxairport.

Today’s fashion show was produced in partnership with Brooklyn PR.

Los Angeles World Airports CEO Deborah Flint (center), stands with models from Sebastian Gunawan's Homecoming Couture fashion show at the Tom Bradley International Terminal on Tuesday.
About Los Angeles International Airport (LAX)

LAX, the fourth-busiest airport in the world and second busiest in the United States, was named a top-10 U.S. airport by SKYTRAX. LAX served more than 87.5 million passengers in 2018 and offers an average of 700 daily nonstop flights to 109 cities in the U.S. and 1,281 weekly nonstop flights to 93 markets in 47 countries on 69 commercial airlines. LAX ranks 10th in the world in air cargo tonnage processed, with more than 2.4 million tons of air cargo. LAX handled 707,883 operations (landings and takeoffs) in 2018.  

LAX generated 620,600 jobs in Southern California, with labor income of $37.3 billion and economic output (business revenues) of more than $126.6 billion, according to an economic study based on 2014 operations. This activity added $6.2 billion to local and state revenues and $8.7 billion in federal tax revenues. The study also reported that LAX’s ongoing capital improvement program creates an additional 121,640 annual jobs with labor income of $7.6 billion and economic output of $20.3 billion; $966 million in state and local taxes; and $1.6 billion in federal tax revenues.


LAX was honored as having the “Best Overall Customer Service Program” by Airports Council International-North America; named the “Best Airport for Breastfeeding Moms” by Mamava; selected for the Top 10 “Best of the U.S.’s Big Airports” (Wall Street Journal) and “Most Pet-Friendly Airports in the U.S. (Mental Floss); named the second-most improved airport in the U.S. by JD Power; received an “Innovation Award” from the L.A. Better Business Challenge for its Central Utility Plant; and named  a “Business Leader in Air Quality” by the South Coast Air Quality Management District.

LAX is also the second-most popular airport in the world to appear on Instagram, according to LAX is part of a system of two Southern California airports – along with Van Nuys general aviation – that are owned and operated by Los Angeles World Airports, a proprietary department of the City of Los Angeles that receives no funding from the City’s general fund.   

As a covered entity under Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act, the City of Los Angeles does not discriminate on the basis of disability and, upon request, will provide reasonable accommodation to ensure equal access to its programs, services, and activities.  Alternative formats in large print, braille, audio, and other forms (if possible) will be provided upon request.

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