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Meet Fashion Designer Kiki Verveniotis At The Norwalk Historical Society

Fans of Kiki Verveniotis's Go Lightly Clothing line will have a chance to meet the designer during a special event on Saturday, April 2 at the Norwalk Historical Society Museum.
Fans of Kiki Verveniotis's Go Lightly Clothing line will have a chance to meet the designer during a special event on Saturday, April 2 at the Norwalk Historical Society Museum. Photo Credit: Abbey Road Photography

NORWALK, Conn. -- The Norwalk Historical Society's Meet the Artist program, which features local artists and artisans from the Society's gift shop, continues on Saturday, April 2 with a visit from fashion designer and seamstress Kiki Verveniotis of Go Lightly/Kiki & Pooky.

Visitors will get to meet Verveniotis, watch a live demonstration of her craft, view her antique sewing machine and ask questions about the history, process and inspiration behind her craft.

A large collection of Verveniotis' work will be available for purchase in the gift shop. She will be the gift shop's Artist of the Month for April.

Visitors can also view the museum's two new exhibits, "Norwalk Collects: Celebrating Four Historic Collections," and "Norwalk: Portrait of Diversity."

Verveniotis is a mostly-self-taught clothing designer and seamstress. Her love of handwork was born at a very early age during summer trips to her father’s native Greece. She launched her clothing label, Go Lightly, in the early 90s in New York City where she lived and worked for many years.

She continues to show her collection at New York Fashion Week and sells to boutiques around the country. She also does custom work locally. More recently, she has started making one- or few-of-a-kind pieces from fabric on hand, much in keeping with her early old-country training of using everything and wasting nothing. Verveniotis sells these pieces locally and in her Etsy shop.

The free event, from 1 to 3 p.m., takes place at the new Norwalk Historical Society Museum, at 141 East Ave. Parking is available at Norwalk City Hall, 125 East Avenue. The Museum is located next to the Norwalk Health Department, in the red brick house with blue double front doors.

The Meet the Artist series will continue with local photographers Michael Heintz and Nan Wasson of Torn Edges on Sunday, May 1. For more information on Meet the Artist visit www.norwalkhistoricalsociety.org , e-mail info@norwalkhistoricalsociety.org , or call 203-846-0525.

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