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Fundraiser to salute Little Black Dress

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

A fund-raising event - both chic and historic - will mark the opening of a special exhibition on the Little Black Dress at the Marianna Kistler Beach Museum on campus Friday, Feb. 27.

A silent auction, design competition, jazz, wine and hors' d'oeuvres will highlight "Little Black Dress -- On the Red Carpet." Funds will help the Friends of the Historic Costume and Textile Museum with new acquisitions as well as the preservation and conservation of items already in our collection, according to Marla Day, museum curator.

Little Black Dresses

About photos: At left, a Trigere design; center, little black dress by Ungaro; a dress from the museum's collection.

Silent auction to include

Among items up for bid are a vintage beaded handbag, one-of-a-kind jewelry, artwork, perfume, a spa package, theater tickets and wine.

On display will be dresses worn at red carpet events by Felicity Huffman of "Desperate Housewives" and Edie Falco of "The Sopranos." They are on loan from Little Black Dress Wines.

Other dresses have been made available  Gov. Kathleen Sebelius; Ruth Ann Wefald, K-State's first lady; Sharon Snyder, wife of K-State football coach Bill Snyder; Marianna Kistler Beach, for whom K-State's Beach Museum is named; and a dress worn by Mamie Eisenhower, on loan from the Eisenhower Presidential Library and Museum in Abilene.

Top designers included

The Ohio State University Historic Costume and Textile Collection has lent dresses designed by Halston, Trigere, Montana, Ungaro and Versace. The Wichita-Sedgwick County Historical Museum has lent dresses designed by Greer, Jaspar Conran and Norman Norell.

Also on display will be winners of the department's Little Black Dress design competition open to students and professionals.

The museum, part of the Department of Apparel, Textiles and Interior Design in College of Human Ecology, is the largest in the Midwest and has items that date from 1740 to the present day.

Tickets, $30 each, are available through the department at 785-532-6993 or Diana Landoll at 785-532-7343 or 1-800-432-1578. Sponsorships available for $250 and up.

The exhibit will be open through March 29.

This article was posted on Tuesday, February 17, 2009, and is filed under Apparel, Textiles, & Interior Design, College News.