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Dali Museum Partners with Dress for Success in Fashion Accessory Drive
Complementary to Special Exhibition “Dali & Schiaparelli”
ST. PETERSBURG, FL (Sep 26, 2017) – During The Dali’s upcoming special exhibition, Dali & Schiaparelli, the Museum partners with Dress for Success Tampa Bay (DFSTB) to host a fashion accessory drive benefiting DFSTB clients. As the exhibit showcases the collaboration, friendship and respective “creative disruption” of artist Salvador Dali and fashion designer Elsa Schiaparelli, the Museum also focuses on the relevance of style as a function of personal expression, influencing self-perception as well as the impressions we make on others.
Dress for Success, a not-for-profit organization that empowers unemployed and/or underemployed women to achieve economic independence, provides professional attire, training and motivation and a network of support for its clients, helping them thrive in work and in life. As part of this important work, The Dali will accept onsite donations of new or gently used handbags, scarves, belts, broaches, necklaces, bracelets and earrings – accessories to help personalize career interview attire and to help DFSTB clients express themselves with confidence. Museum visitors making fashion accessory donations will receive $2 off regular admission at the door on the day of their donations, October 18, 2017–January 14, 2018. Visitors may write notes of encouragement, advice and motivation to include with their accessory donation.
Dali Museum Executive Director Dr. Hank Hine, curator of Dali & Schiaparelli, noted “Elsa Schiaparelli was a courageous, successful woman whose work challenged expectations and whose accomplishments inspired working women as well as her haute couture clientele. We are pleased to be able to contribute to the empowering initiatives of Dress for Success Tampa Bay.”
In addition to its fashion accessory drive, the Museum will offer Dress for Success Tampa Bay clients an educational event on November 28 including a gallery tour of the Dali & Schiaparelli exhibition led by Museum Docent and accomplished fashion journalist and style expert Dana Wood, and a lunch-and-learn motivational session featuring Shannon Brzuchalski, Director of Marketing and Business Development for Tyrone Square/Simon Property Group. Brzuchalski will address trends and career opportunities in the current retail fashion industry.
In describing the DFSTB mission to empower women to achieve economic independence through interview preparedness and fashion and clothing advice and assistance, Katie McGill, Executive Director of DFS Tampa Bay says, “At Dress for Success, we simply want to give every woman an equal opportunity at independence and financial freedom. As with many other successful women, our clients are equally eager to find employment and contribute to the success of the American Economy as they grow their own success.”
For more information about the fashion accessory drive, please visit www.TheDali.org/success.
About Dress for Success
In 1996, second-year law student Nancy Lublin received a $5,000 inheritance from her great-grandfather and decided to turn this gift into one that would keep on giving. She teamed up with three nuns in her area and, identifying a crucial need that was not being filled, founded Dress for Success in the basement of a church in Manhattan that same year. From that original basement boutique, the mission of Dress for Success spread over all of North America and then across the globe, demonstrating that achieving economic independence is a challenge that all women face regardless of their location, language, customs or culture. Today, there are more than 149 Dress for Success affiliates in 26 countries—and those numbers continue to increase every year.
We collaborate with more than 5,000 organizations throughout the world who send women to Dress for Success for suiting, career counseling and our full continuum of services. Our extensive network of volunteers allows Dress for Success to deliver our programming with such passionate efficiency. We are very much a volunteer-driven organization, and more than 12,000 women and men generously donate their time and talents to our affiliates every year. We would be unable to fulfill our mission—and serve as many women—without the support of such dedicated and extraordinary volunteers.
About The Dali Museum
The Dalí Museum, located in the heart of beautiful downtown St. Petersburg, Florida, is home to an unparalleled collection of Salvador Dalí art, featuring more than 2,000 works comprising nearly 100 oil paintings; over 100 watercolors and drawings; and 1,300 prints, photographs, sculptures and objets d’art. The building is itself a work of art, featuring 1,062 triangular-shaped glass panels—the only structure of its kind in North America. Nicknamed The Enigma, it provides an unprecedented view of St. Petersburg’s picturesque waterfront. The Museum has attracted the world’s attention, and among the other distinguished awards it has received, it was listed by AOL Travel News as “one of the top buildings to see in your lifetime.” The Dalí Museum is located at One Dalí Boulevard, St. Petersburg, Florida 33701. For additional information contact 727.823.3767 or visit TheDali.org.
About the Dali & Schiaparelli exhibition
October 18, 2017–January 14, 2018
Delight in the daring and irreverent works of two celebrated artists – Salvador Dali and Elsa Schiaparelli. The exhibit is presented in collaboration by The Dali Museum and Schiaparelli Paris and will feature haute couture gowns and accessories, jewelry, paintings, drawings, objects and photos, as well as new designs by Bertrand Guyon for Maison Schiaparelli. This will be the first exhibition dedicated to the creative relationship and works of Schiaparelli and Dali – friends and collaborators who set Paris and the world ablaze with their groundbreaking visions. Learn more about the exhibit on our website.