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The Arizona Costume Institute Holiday Luncheon packed Phoenix Art Museum’s Steele Gallery on Dec. 10 with 420 guests, raising almost $50,000 to support the programs of the museum’s Fashion Design Collection.
Hal Rubenstein, author of 100 Unforgettable Dresses and one of the founding editors of In Style magazine, was the featured guest. The occasion was his only goal in coming to Arizona, and he made quite an effort to get here from New York City, where winter weather was playing havoc with travel.
What makes a dress unforgettable, he says, is not necessarily the garment itself, but the person who wears it and the occasion for which it was worn. He brought the house down when he noted that women shouldn’t be so hard on themselves when they look in the mirror. Women see what’s wrong with themselves. Men, he said, look in the mirror and, indicating about four inches with their fingers, say, “I’m just this far away from being Brad Pit.”
What made his presentation so appealing according to Ginette Karabees, co-chair with Priscilla Nicholas, is that he didn’t speak about himself but offered practical tips on dressing.
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