Local fashion designer Ermelinda Manos celebrated the official launch of her book “Lost in Las Vegas” last night with a fashion event at The Metropolitan Gallery Art Museum in Downtown Las Vegas. Manos gave thanks and appreciation to her team, guests, and family for the endless support they have shown her throughout her life, the creation of the book, and her lifelong battle with immigration.
“I’m so humbled by the outpouring of support for this project,” said Manos. “I couldn’t be happier with the response for this book and how hard everyone worked to make my dream come true.” With her mom and dad by her side, she teared up as she dedicated the evening and book to other young immigrants going through the same process. Francy Johnson, who played an integral role in Manos’ immigration case, traveled 20 hours from Kuwait to celebrate the evening with her.
After walking through the eclectic art in the gallery and snapping photos in the photo booth, guests were treated to a fashion show with designs from Manos’ line featured in the book, modeled by TNG Models and hair and makeup by Kelly Cardenas Salon. Local personality Sancho Van Ryan emceed the event as guests sipped on cocktails from Hug L’Originale and Tequila Chamucos. DJ Douglas Gibbs provided the soundtrack to the evening.
Mayor Carolyn Goodman honored Manos with an official proclamation declaring Dec. 7 as “Ermelinda Manos Day,” recognizing her contributions to the Las Vegas community through fashion and the arts.
Wearing a glittering black and gold backless design of her own, Manos then personally signed copies of her book and posed for photos with guests.