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Fashion show features three colors of kitsch


If you can remember crinoline petticoats, Dippity-Do and kneesocks — and even if you can't — you'll surely enjoy this trip down memory lane.

Saturday, the Leepa-Rattner Museum of Art and the HarborSprings Woman's Club of North Pinellas present Art of Fashion: Black & White & Red All Over?

With the help of nine stylists, 30 models will flaunt all the cool, groovy and fabulous fads of the '50s, '60s and '70s.

Tickets are $55 in advance and $75 the day of the event. Proceeds benefit the museum's educational programs.

Allison Khan Bens, president of the woman's club, said the museum known for its exceptional exhibits and programs needs some help during these challenging economic times.

"They are so much more than a museum," she said. "They work so hard for the community and make the community a much richer place."

The benefit takes place from 6:30 to 10 p.m. and includes the vintage fashion show, a silent auction, cigar rolling demonstrations, red and white Spanish wines, and Latin-themed hors d'oeuvres from Saint Larry's of Palm Harbor.

Margaret Word Burnside of Tampa Bay Magazine will serve as emcee.

So what is black and white and red all over?

Well the classic answer to the '50s riddle is a newspaper, and in tribute, all of the models will wear only vintage couture and kitsch fashions in black, white, red or a combination thereof.

"We stayed with those three colors to coincide with the Mel Finkelstein exhibition," said Liza Berlin Naumann, a club member and Crystal Beach resident who is providing the fashions from her collection of period clothing and accessories.

Finkelstein was a newspaper and magazine photojournalist who chronicled the lives of celebrities, politicians and public events from the 1950s through the 1980s. His daughter, Susan Geier, a Tarpon Springs photographer, helped organize the exhibit featuring about 90 black and white photos.

Her daughter, Rebekah Geier, will be one of the models.

Naumann said the show encompasses everything from little black gloves to Bob Mackie-inspired headdresses.

"Expect lots of glitz and sparkles," Naumann said. "These are clothes that complement a woman's figure and made you feel like a lady."

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>>If you go

Fashion fundraiser

What: A fundraising event, the Art of Fashion: Black & White & Red All Over?

When: Saturday from 6:30 to 10 p.m.

Where: Leepa-Rattner Museum of Art, 600 Klosterman Road, on the Tarpon Springs Campus of St. Petersburg College.

Tickets: $55 in advance and $75 the day of the event.

Information: Call (727) 712-5222 or (727) 422-6090.

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