The story of discovering this beautiful, deep red velvet, backless dress in my mother’s closet was my inspiration for launching STYLE 2020 in 2009. When I asked my mother where this dress came from she told me its wonderful history. She had it made for her in 1967, after deciding with her girlfriend that they were going to attend the Academy Awards.
Not having tickets or the connections to be invited to such an exclusive event, my mother and her friend just showed up…but dressed to the hilt. My mother wore this dress, with the soft matching cape draped over her shoulders. She walked right on the red carpet, into the theater lobby, where photographers surrounded her. When asked to sign autographs, but not being a celebrity, she calmly signed away….