Yolanda Fashion Exhibit to Feature Couture Gowns from Lasell Fashion Collection

Yolanda Fashion Exhibit to Feature Couture Gowns from Lasell Fashion Collection

August 22, 2014

An upcoming fashion exhibit celebrating the life and impact of local fashion icon Yolanda Cellucci will feature couture and designer gowns from the Lasell Fashion Collection. The exhibit, "Yolanda: Innovative Fashion Icon; 50 Years of High Heels, Headpieces, and Haute Couture," is a collaboration between Cellucci, The Charles River Museum of Industry & Innovation, The Museum of Fine Arts Boston, Lasell College and Sondra Celli Designs.

The exhibit opens at the Charles River Museum of Industry and Innovation, 154 Moody St., in Waltham September 5 with a VIP reception. It opens to the public September 8.

More than 30 items from the Lasell Fashion Collection, given to the College by Cellucci after closing her fashion retail outlet in Waltham, will be shown at the exhibit.

Among the pieces from the collection is a red cocktail dress studded with crystals once worn by actress Joan Collins and a dress worn by dancer and actress Mitzi Gaynor with a lightning bolt design in sequins.

In addition to items from The Lasell College Fashion Collection the museum will display an array of couture ensembles and high fashion accessories on loan from Cellucci's private collection and The Museum of Fine Arts Boston. This selection of garments features designs from other celebrated fashion icons such as Oscar de la Renta, Bob Mackie, Stephen Yearick, and Givenchy.

A VIP opening reception for the exhibit will be held September 5 at 6 pm at the Charles River Museum of Industry & Innovation. This reception will include cocktails, hors d'oeuvres and an awards ceremony with special guest Dawn Carroll from the Over My Shoulder Foundation.

The Over My Shoulder Foundation is presenting the "Designing the Next Generation" award to Cellucci. This award is presented to women who cross generations and cultures to mentor others. R&B singer Patti Austin will co-present the award via a specially recorded message.

To purchase tickets, visit yolandavip.eventbrite.com. For information visit the museum website at http://crmi.org/