Costume Council Celebrates its 20th Birthday with Fashion Among the Very Fashionable
On September 17 a fashionable parade of guests gathered at the Spreckels Organ Pavilion in Balboa Park. The occasion was not only to support the Costume Council of the San Diego Historical Society, but to view over 100 couture outfits that have never been collectively viewed.
Mary Drake ** Elisabeth Bergan and 2009 Best Dressed Susie Spanos
Pam Cesak ** Colette Carson Royston with Valerie Cooper
The outfits were on loan from San Diego’s best and fun dressed sort. Iris Strauss loaned a custom Christian Lacroix from Paris that she wore to the 1997 San Diego Opera Gala she chaired, Ann Jones loaned a custom Bill Blass that she wore to her daughter Julie Smitherman’s wedding, Valerie Cooper loaned a Bob Mackie gown that she wore to a San Diego Opera gala and then later to the Prince of Wales Trust Dinner at Buckingham Palace, Mary Drake loaned a white Chanel dress that she wore for her wedding, and Colette Royston loaned a colorful Bob Mackie dress that brings back fond memories of a Monte Carlo fundraiser event that she wore it too.
Guests mixed among Speedo clad male models and ‘briefly’ clad female models who were embellished with graffiti consisting of couture names like Chanel, Prado and Dior.
Light in calorie appetizers were served. After all fashionistas don’t eat said the invite. Appetizers might have been light, but the fashion viewing was heavy duty fun!
As committee member Jeff Dunigan re-iterated the event’s theme, “Fashion is so self-centered.”
The theme was fun but it has a serious side too as noted by San Diego Historical Society Executive Director David Kahn. “Funds generated by the event will help support the preservation and exhibition of the San Diego Historical Society’s costume collection, which is one of the largest and most important on the West Coast.”
It was well enjoyed too.
“Amazing clothes and stories from wonderful women in this community - it made history very current and a lot of fun!” said Kate Adams.
“Loved seeing all those dresses gently moving in the breeze on a perfect Chamber of Commerce San Diego night in one of San Diego’s treasures – that wonderful organ pavilion,” said Event Co-Founder Judy Smith. “What stories those dresses told! Part of the fun was matching the dresses to their owners – amazing how many people made the match – we really are what we wear in many ways. It seemed like a charming get-together of old friends reminiscing about past San Diego events through those amazing clothes.”
"Clothes are but a symbol of something hid deep beneath," noted Virginia Woolf in 1928.
This evening everything was out in the open for all to enjoy. Among the fun and fashionable there was Jeanne Jones, La Vonnya Fisher, Susie Spanos, Roxi Link, Michala Lawrence, Bea Epsten, Rana Sampson, Karen Sickels, Karon Luce, Judi Freeman, Kathleen Buoymaster, Valerie Lee, Peggy Matthews, Brittany Simpson, Susan McClellan, Janet Sutter, Suzan Black, Joyce Glazer, Sheryl White, and Carol Chang.
Committee members who made this event happen included Kate Adams, Karen Cohn, Katy Dessent, Jeffrey Dunigan, Ann Jones, Virginia Monday, Pam Palisoul, Judy Smith, Dixie Unruh, David Kahn, and Barbara ZoBell.
Event Co-Founder Barbara ZoBell noted this. “Everyone loved a peek into some of the best closets in town. Fantastic clothes of all kinds.”
All kinds indeed. This reporter loaned a custom surf outfit by Chasa Vollaro and hand painted surf helmet with cheetah motif by Jeff Alexander. Four legged German Boxer daughter Kima was not to be left out. Kima’s custom burgundy holiday gown by Jemima Dutra was on view too. It’s embellished with red roses.
To learn more about the San Diego Historical Society, visit www.sandiegohistory.org
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2009 Best Dressed Jennifer Greenfield with husband Dr. Richard Greenfield
Veryl Mortenson having a double VIP laugh! ** Michala Lawrence ** Rana Sampson
Carol Karlovich ** Mary Walker
Mahjuba Levine with Gilbert Meza ** Guest with Elisabeth Bergan
The Social Diary reporter Margo Schwab in Jordan Art Couture ** Bob Stefanko talking with Valerie Cooper and May Zawaideh
Judy Smith with David Kahn
Sheryl White with Karen Cohn
Valerie Cooper with Pat O'Connor of FCC
Eloisa Haudenschild with Maria Siani
'Strike A Pose' ** David Marino with Jennifer Greenfield
Committee Members - most pictured, included - Kate Adams, Karen Cohn, Katy Dessent, Jeffrey Dunigan, Ann Jones, Virginia Monday, Pam Palisoul, Judy Smith, Dixie Unruh, David Kahn, and Barbara ZoBell
Judy Smith with David Kahn and Virginia Monday
La Vonnya Fisher ** Bea Epsten
Chris Haudenschild with Mary Drake and Maria Siani
Dr. Richard Greenfield checking out his wife Jennifer Greenfield's fashionably attired backside
... definitely got the doctor's okay!!
Tanya McAnear with her models
Judy Smith with Betty Kornreich
Marsha Shahon in Missoni ** Carol Chang
Lynelle Lynch with Jessica Wadley
Don Breitenberg with Jeanne Jones
Kima's reversible Christmas Dress by Jemima Dutra
Valerie Cooper with Don Breitenberg and Jeanne Jones
reported by Margo Schwab wearing Jordan Art Couture. This photo Margo's custom surf outfit by Chasa Rae Vollaro and custom surf helmet painted by artist and surf pioneer, Jeff Alexander. (surf outfit is next to Lael Kovtun's favorite leathers!)
Yummy Romance at Tapenade with the San Diego Opera
The San Diego Opera is pleased to announce the return of “Taste of Opera,”at some of San Diego’s hottest restaurants.
Tapenade, La Jolla
Wednesday, October 28, 2009 at 6:30 PM, 7612 Fay Avenue, La Jolla.
Join Dr. Nicolas Reveles as he talks about romantic French operas and Romeo and Juliet.
$40 per person for 1 glass wine, prix fixe menu, tip & tax.
visit Taste of Opera for details.
October 16th - The Rainforest Alliance will host its gala. It promises to be 'wild' fun!
October 17th - Sundt Memorial Fundraiser.
October 17th - The Rancho Coastal Humane Society will host its Animal House fundraiser. For details please visit
October 22nd - The Walden Family Services will host their 6th Annual wine D'Vine event. Please visit www.waldenfamily.org for more details.
October 24th - A Reason To Survive or ARTS will be hosting a fun fundraiser. Please visit www.AReasonToSurvive.org for details.
October 28th - Tapenade, La Jolla at 6:30 PM
7612 Fay Avenue, La Jolla. Join Dr. Nicolas Reveles as he talks about romantic French operas and Romeo and Juliet.
$40 per person for 1 glass wine, prix fixe menu, tip & tax.
visit Taste of Opera for details.
November 7th - The Golden Hangers / FCC benefit for Make-A-Wish and San Diego Variety Children's Network.
November 13th - Scripps Mercy Hospital will host its 2nd Annual 'Dressed to the Nth Degree' evening featuring San Diego's 10 best dressed women and 10 best dressed men as chosen by Leonard Simpson. Michael Neil will be the Honorary Chair. For details and tickets please visit:
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* Margo Schwab, more formally known as Margaret E. Schwab, has
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organizations since 1989. Schwab attended Holton Arms School, La Jolla Country Day School and La Jolla High School. Schwab has a B.A. from Scripps College, spent a business internship with S.A.I.C., Science Applications International Corporation, and earned a Masters of Business
degree, M.B.A., from the University of San Diego.
The first part of her M.B.A. was spent at Claremont Graduate School. Schwab additionally took college courses from Harvard University, and Syracuse University. Schwab volunteers for numerous charity organizations. She also
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