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Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Princess Diana 'Dresses for Humanity' - Tampa Bay

Exhibition from Jan 25 - May 1, 2009

The exhibit of 17 dresses includes the pink silk dress designed by Catherine Walker, Diana's favourite designer, for the princess' state tour of India in 1992. It's one of 13 dresses that Tampa businesswoman Maureen Rorech Dunkel bought for nearly $700,000 at a Christie's charity auction just two months before the princess was killed in a car crash in 1997.
Rorech Dunkel (below)who serves as board chairwoman for the University of Tampa, decided to keep Diana's legacy alive by forming the People's Princess foundation and sending the dresses on a world tour that would raise money for various causes.
Most of Rorech Dunkel's collection, which now totals 15 dresses, is currently on a 10-year loan to Kensington Palace in London. But the palace doesn't display all the pieces at once, and Rorech Dunkel was given two gowns to lay the foundation for what she has dubbed the Dresses for Humanity II tour.

Location: Storefront at 720 Village Circle (signs point you to the Dresses for Humanity II tour)
Hours: 11 am to 8 pm daily
Cost: $20 for adults, $5 for children ages 6 to 12. Tickets for Tampa Museum of Art patrons and anyone who spends more than $50 in Old Hyde Park Village are $10. Free re-admission.


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