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#UCStyleFiles advice from a “rare bird”: Iris Apfel’s key to success

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Finally, successful businesswomen are coming forward to reveal that their career paths didn’t necessarily follow the straight path they were expecting.  While Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg encourages women to “lean in” and not sacrifice their careers for an equally important role as wives and mothers, fashion icon Iris Apfel explains that she never had a “plan” to begin with.

Iris Apfel, who is a self-proclaimed “geriatric” socialite,  boasts quite the resumé. She began as an editorial writer for Women’s Wear Daily, became a successful business owner and textile designer and later, an interior decorator, fashion designer, fashion professor, and style icon.  But the key to Apfel’s abundant success was that she always followed her own path.  Apfel asserts, “Doing your own thing is very good. . . if you have a thing to do.”

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The Met Ball has come along way from it's (humble) beginnings.

#UCStyleFiles The History of the Met Ball

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Fashion Focus is pleased to announce that we will be hosting our first ever Met Ball fashioned after the annual event which is hosted at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC. This event will take place on Saturday, November 23, 2013 from 7:00 P.M-11:00 P.M and centers around a “Retro” theme, a tribute to fashion from the 1930’s-50’s. This amazing event will allow students to show off their skills either as fashion designers or stylists for the event–with entry submissions due November 16th—with a chance to win our Best Dressed Award. The proceeds raised at the Met Ball will go to our annual Toys for Tots collection drive. The event is open to all Ursuline students, faculty, staff, and alumni. Tickets are $10.00 and will be sold on Wednesday November 20 from 12:00 P.M. (Noon) until 5:00 P.M. in the Besse Library hallway. Tickets will also be available for purchase on the night of the ball, so arrive dressed for the ball and purchase a ticket at the door! We hope to see you there! -xoxo

Below is a brief history as we honor the roots of the most spectacular event of the year.

The History of the Met Gala:

Guests attending the Met Ball arrive in original designed wearable pieces of art that are designed to correspond with each year’s theme. The public interest and success of the Met Ball is of course dependent on its A-list attendees, stunning museum exhibition, as well as what is so elloquently described as “the masses of couture, vintage, and fashion-forward designs worn by the well-groomed attendees,” thus all of these elements make this event a rival to the Oscars (History of the Met Ball).

Photo via: http://jenesequa.com The Met Ball has come along way from it's (humble) beginnings.

Photo via: http://jenesequa.com
The Met Ball has come along way from it’s (humble) beginnings.

The first Ball was held in December 1948 and women paid $50 for the chance to wear gowns from the Costume Institute’s archive. In 1960, the event was coined the “Metropolitan Museum Fashion Ball” which hosted a select group of celebs and Manhattan’s elite members of society.

In 1971, Diana Vreeland helped transform The Met Gala into the extravagant event it is today.

In 1971, Diana Vreeland helped transform The Met Gala into the extravagant event it is today.

Another change came along in 1971, Vogue alumn Diana Vreeland took the position as the consultant to the Costume Institute at the Metropolitan Museum and took the annual gala to a new level, charging $150 for the extravagant event such as Romantic and Glamorous Hollywood Design and Fashions of the Hapsburg Empire which allowed for guests to dress accordingly in elaborately constructed outfits to illustrate the theme of the event. The success of the event was evident as it was called “The Party of the Year.” Today, the Met Gala continues to transform with the scariest–yet most powerful and influential woman at the helms, Anna Wintour. As Vogue took on a new look putting celebrities on its front covers, Anna Wintour transformed the look of the Met Gala into what is called the “Tour du Force” that it has become today (History of the Met Gala).

The Devil Wears--themed, wearable art? The Met Gala was placed in good hands as Anna Wintour took over as chair of the committee in 1995.

The Devil Wears–themed, wearable art? The Met Gala was placed in good hands as Anna Wintour took over as chair of the committee in 1995.

“Today, Wintour’s prominent place in the fashion industry has turned the Met Ball into a major fundraising event for the museum and her clout brings in an estimated 9 million dollars a year of donations” (History of the Met Gala).