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Longue Vue design symposium to feature Dargan, Taheri | Entertainment/Life

  • April 12, 2023

The Design Symposium at Longue Vue House and Gardens, a herald of spring in the Crescent City, plans three days of events April 20-22.

Headlining the event will be author and landscape architect Mary Palmer Dargan and New Orleans fashion designer Pedram Pasha Taheri.

The events include presentations by the headliners, a couture show, picnic, patron evening, community discussions and design workshops.







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Tickets start at $250 for the symposium. Some workshops require an additional ticket.

Dargan, who is also a botanist, has been honored for her work on a variety of properties, including museums, churches, campuses and residences. She will lead a community roundtable.

Taheri, the Iranian-born designer of the fashion house Pedram Couture, has three labels for bridal, evening and ready-to-wear at his New Orleans atelier. Taheri’s works will be seen at a fashion show.

The event kicks off Thursday, April 20, at 5 p.m. at a patron evening cocktail reception, open to all symposium ticket holders.

April 21’s main event at 10 a.m. is the symposium, which includes the fashion show, presentations and a picnic lunch.

Three separate events are part of the April 22 schedule beginning at 9:30 a.m. Dargan’s roundtable will be on nature-led design. D’André Beverly will conduct a fascinator-making workshop, and Peg Usner will lead a workshop on plein air painting. The Beverly and Usner workshops are $50 each.

Design featured at the three-day event will include works by Ambrose Gardens, Blucid, Blue Gardenia Events, Reagan Charleston, Diamonds Direct, Dunn and Sonnier, Lauren Barksdale Hill, POP NOLA, Poppy Goddess, Symmetry Jewelers, Laura W. Taylor and Urban Earth Design Studio.

Proceeds from the symposium will support the Discovery Garden children’s area at Longue Vue. 

The events will be held at the 7 Bamboo Road compound. For information, visit longuevue.com.

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