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Lasell College to Host Celebration of the Life and Work of Yolanda – A Boston Fashion Icon
April 9, 2010
The exhibit, "The Art of Fashion - The Yolanda Collection," opens April 6 with a presentation by Yolanda in the Yamawaki Auditorium at 7:00 pm.
The exhibit, which includes more than 30 glamorous gowns donated by Yolanda to Lasell's Fashion Collection, will be displayed in the Wedeman Gallery at Yamawaki . The exhibit is open to the public. The exhibit precedes an upcoming 2012 Boston Museum of Fine Arts exhibit also celebrating Yolanda's career.
"I'm very pleased to be able to share these garments with the community at this exhibit and with the students of Lasell. The students will have access to these designs for many years to come since they will be a permanent part of the Lasell Fashion Collection," said Yolanda.
The designer gowns represent fashions from the 1980's-2000's including original designs from Bob Mackie, Mary McFadden, Steven Yearick, Oscar de la Renta and others. The donation of the gowns to the collection is valued at approximately $150,000.
"This is an amazing donation from Yolanda and is an example of her commitment to fashion and the instruction of fashion design. I am very honored tobe part of the upcoming Art of Fashion exhibitcelebrating the incredible life of Yolanda," said Anne Vallely, a Professor in Lasell's Fashion Department.
Lasell's Fashion Collection is considered a working collection where students study designs, stitching and workmanship as part of their coursework.
Yolanda has also recently agreed to serve as Honorary Co-Chair of a new fundraising effort at Lasell College that seeks to build a Center for Creative and Applied Arts on campus and will create a new home for the College's Fashion Department. In her some 40 years as a leading retailer in the Boston area she has been the recipient of the Retailer of the Year award and has been given an honorary doctorate from Newbury College for her encouragement to young people to follow their dreams. She has devoted much time, goods and services to community and charitable causes and serves on the Board of the Reagle Players in Waltham, the community where her shop was located and where she and family lived for many years. She's been an active member and supporter of The Fashion Group and has been profiled in the media locally and nationally on many occasions.