Salvador Dali reveled in his collaborations with fashion icons including Coco Chanel and Elsa Schiaparelli (the "Lobster Dress" was a favorite of Wallis Simpson, who became the Duchess of Windsor).
Organizers of the Surreal Fashion Show to benefit the new Salvador Dali Museum turned to both classic and whimsical designs to inspire luncheon guests at the St. Petersburg Yacht Club.
Models featuring dresses from Ambria's Gallery of Wearable Art were escorted by gentlemen attired from Sacino's Formalwear. The women wore sparkles in clothing and makeup, and their accessories ranged from wispy hats to feather corsages. Owner Renate Feth featured styles in a riot of colors.
Designers Ivanka Ska and Ungala from St. Petersburg's House of SKA took their inspiration from Dali's paintings and created an array of costumes worn by "living sculptures" who posed artistically along the runway. Some of the styles were reprised from a June showing at the museum.
Honorary chairwoman Karen Lang Johnston, a museum board of trustees member, honored Eleanor Morse, who founded the museum with her husband, Reynolds. Their son Brad and his wife, Mary Ann, were models in the fashion show and accepted the award on behalf of Eleanor Morse.
Hank Hine, the museum's director, showcased architectural renderings showing details of the new $35-million museum, which officials hope will open in late 2010.
Sharon Gremald and Debbie Hedges co-chaired the event committee, which included Sandi Brown, Karol Bullard, Barbara Cohen, Douglas Gremald, Jan Horah, Susan Lahey, Whitney McKinnon, Mary Jane Peabody, Jane Roberts, Sharon Sparkman, Ashley West and Sandy Woodworth.
The Wildebeests, five students from St. Paul's School in Clearwater, spelled their way to victory over the Katz, a team of lawyers and other professionals, at a Lawyers for Literacy competition held in St. Petersburg's NOVA 535 art lounge.
The event was an afternoon of food and art in addition to the spelling bee, which took place in observance of Florida's Adult and Family Literacy Month. Lawyers for Literacy founder Lucas Fleming, a St. Petersburg criminal defense attorney, was master of ceremonies.
The organization coordinates volunteer lawyers, judges and other professionals who work with at-risk children an hour each week from November to March to prepare for the reading portion of the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT). The charity also buys and distributes 25 books to every student in the reading program.