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Shekhar Rahate’s 50+ Gowns Saturate the 2014 Oscar Season

Indian-American design sensation Shekhar Rahate of Shekhar Rahate Haute Couture set records when he styled over 50 of his breathtaking creations for the Oscar Awards event on Sunday, March 2nd. Rahate’s one of a kind dresses were spotted not only on the Academy’s red carpet at the Dolby Theater where he reigned but also on several high profile occasions throughout Oscar season.

These included red carpet events in Beverly Hills, West Hollywood, and Hollywood at benefits for Children Uniting Nations, the Elton John AIDS Foundation, and Fame & Philanthropy; the French Tuesdays and Vanity Fair celebrations; and the Salute to the Stars and Night of 100 Stars galas.

Rahate’s glorious gowns were worn to perfection by celebrities such as Michelle Romano, Cheryl Cosenza, Masha Ariel, Nicole Arnold, Jennifer Buonantony, Julie Darbouze, Ashley Ferrer, Selma Fonseca, Roxy Garvan, Jannie Gaslin, Rachel Hill, Cassandra Hyes, Ellee Jane, Martha Jennings, Levin Jesus, Danielle Krett, Sandra Levi, Evgenia Lorcy, Marjo-riliika, Tameza Mk, Stephanie Northrop, Sabrina Parisi, Elvira Phelps, Burgandi Phoenix, Shannon Reeves , Princess Santiago, Zinnia Sayegh, Lenka Sourkova, Queen Throngkumpol, Pleasant Wayne and Tysha Williams.

Exotic fabrics, intricate details, and ornate colors are the elements that Rahate masterfully blends toscar's 2014 - 2oscar's 2014 - 1ogether to orchestrate his haute couture collection. His display of women’s formal wear and headpieces at the 2012 International Fashion SuperModel (IFSM) event in Hollywood topped off a Halloween-themed celebrity-clad event that was broadcast to millions of viewers in the United States and China. Rahate also regularly participates in New York Fashion Week (NYFW).

Shekhar Rahate received his training at the Dubai Beams International Fashion School and has more than 15 years of experience in the fashion industry. His runway shows have crossed the fashion globe from Los Angeles to San Francisco to New York City, as well as overseas to Germany, Switzerland, India, and France.

Rahate’s creations have garnered numerous accolades in the fashion world. These include the Fashion Couturier of the Year Award given by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Indo-American Advisory Council (April 2012); the Versace Award for Global Excellence in Fashion given at the Global Independence Day Gala/US-Asia Business Forum (September 2012); and the Mahatma Gandhi Pravasi Medal for outstanding services and achievements with regard to role of global Indians in the international arena given by the NRI Welfare Society of India in London (2012/2013).

Rahate is also no stranger to the political arena as he designed Hollywood Haute Couture dresses for participants at the 2013 Inauguration of US President Barack Obama. In addition, he is the only designer in history ever to show at the prestigious United Nations General Assembly Hall where 450 delegates from 192 nations witnessed his work.

Dr. Rahate recently received his Ph.D. in sociology with a concentration in film, television, and video. He serves as the Regional Director for both the Northern California and Southern California Miss India beauty pageants.

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Dr. Laura Wilhelm was born in Philadelphia, PA on May 17, 1965. Her family lived briefly in Palo Alto and Oakland, CA before settling in San Diego when Laura was 10. In 1988 Laura graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Reed College in Portland, OR with a major in Russian and minor in Classics. She received her doctorate in Russian language and literature with honors from the U of Kansas in 1994 before relocating to Los Angeles with her husband, Christopher. Laura belongs to Dobro Slovo, the national Slavic honor society. Laura received much recognition for her work with the City of West Hollywood's Russian-speaking immigrant community before moving on to an eclectic teaching and consulting career in the Greater Los Angeles area. Since May 2009 Laura has run an award-winning business and talent development company called LauraWil Intercultural. Her associates comprise major international names in the arts, entertainment, fashion, literature, and science. Laura is a member of the West Hollywood Chamber of Commerce and sits on several of their committees. In West Hollywood she has helped to develop and promote programming for major world events such as Fashion's Night Out sponsored by VOGUE Magazine. In 2011 Laura's company was nominated for a WHCC Creative City Award (Category: Creative Communications). In January 2012 Laura was appointed CEO for a youth oriented online media company called vrmedia based in Washington, DC that has quickly formed networks up and down the East and West Coasts. At around the same time she started collaborating on charity fund raising for the Foundation Fighting Blindness with celebrated beauty pageant winner April Lufriu (Mrs. Florida, Mrs. America, and Mrs. World). Laura works with many other charities such as Finding Freedom International, Pals Around the World, and We Care For the World. She has been invited to serve on the Board of Directors for Designers 4 Africa, whose clientele includes A-list celebrities such as Cameron Diaz and Gisele Bundchen. Laura's Los Angeles company is running an ongoing bi-cultural RUNGLISH book promotion whose author Nina Naydenova is allied with renowned Russian luminaries such as tenor Nikolai Baskov and Oksana Fedorova, Russia's only Miss Universe to date. vrmedia plans to carry a definitive annotated translation of Leo Tolstoy's classic autobiography CHILDOOD-BOYHOOD-YOUTH as well as many other world masterpieces through Penguin Classics. As Los Angeles Chair Laura reviews fashion events for Emerging Global Designers. She also writes regular features on cultural topics for COLD HEAT NEWS and HOLLYWOOD WEEKLY. She has appeared live on KNBSTV.COM and Global TV. In graduate school Laura worked and studied in the former Yugoslavia and Soviet Union. She and her husband have visited Greece and led two successful Explorica tours of Italy for students from Mayfield Senior School in Pasadena, CA. Laura is active with the American-Russian Business Council, the Los Angeles Greek Film Festival, and the Los Angeles Sister Cities. Recently she was designated Russian Ambassador for the multicultural 2012 Global Independence Day awards event at the Beverly Hilton. She has listings in numerous WHO'S WHO, American Biographical Institute, and International Biographical Centre publications.

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