“Dress to Impress” at Eastman House’s Oscars® party

Posted by on Mar 02 2010 | Other

’Tis the season for deciding your Oscar party fashions for the red carpet … not only in Hollywood but at the 14th annual party celebrating the Academy Awards® this Sunday, March 7, at George Eastman House — the home of the father of motion picture film.

To create this dramatic event, the staff teams with the Eastman Young Professionals, a group of volunteers who assist on all levels, from decorations to the silent auction. This popular party is the Eastman House’s largest annual fundraiser.

While not a black-tie affair, the event is a night for toasting the glitz and glamour of Hollywood. “Dress to Impress” is the Eastman House-recommended attire for the Academy Awards® party.

Well, you may ask, what does that mean exactly?

John Vander Brook, a stylist from Adrian Jules Custom Clothiers, helps us explain.

“It’s a night of nights and it’s all about you,” he said. “The Oscars®! When you Dress to Impress, anticipate everyone at this event is going to be doing the same. Pull out all the stops — the glamour, flair, and sophistication.”

Vander Brook will be joined at the Eastman House by two fellow Adrian Jules stylists as the evening’s Red Carpet Hosts, discussing fashions with the guests.

In defining “Dress to Impress,” Vander Brook noted the gentlemen should “think classic elegance,” and named Clark Gable, Cary Grant, and The Rat Pack.

For the women, he referenced Sophia Lauren and Natalie Wood, noting, “Ladies, it’s all about the drama … you will speak millions without saying a word, if you let your elegance do the talking.”

At past Eastman House Oscar® parties, the fashions has been as varied as cocktail dresses to gowns and sport coats to tuxedos.

“This is not an evening to be taken lightly,” Vander Brook said. “It only comes once a year and you are the star of the show. Timeless elegance is a virtue. Don’t we all like to look timeless?”

For more on the Party, visit academyawardsparty.eastmanhouse.org

To view silent auction items including a hockey stick signed by MVP Olympian Ryan Miller visit the auction online.

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    Dresden Engle is the Public Relations Manager for George Eastman House International Museum of Photography and Film.

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