One hundred years of sartorial style--from bustled dresses to mini-dresses--were promenaded at the Women's Committees of the Orange County Philharmonic Society's "Symphony of Classics" fashion show.
The style evolution, presented Tuesday by the Mannequins Auxiliary of the Assistance League of Southern California, captivated 750 guests and netted $30,000 for the society's music education programs for youth.
Benefit chairwoman Joyce Reaume, a member of the committees and the auxiliary, saw the collection of classic clothing modeled last year in Los Angeles and decided "to bring it to the Orange County Philharmonic."
After a luncheon of chicken Dijon, guests watched fashion coordinator Sandy Wessel open the show at the Disneyland Hotel with a model wearing pantaloons and camisole, accompanied by a maid. Wessel pointed out that, with all the hooks, laces and buttons of the Victorian era, a lady needed help when she got dressed.