[ ART DECO WEEKEND 2015 ]

FRIDAY (JANUARY 16, 2015) NOON - 11PM

SATURDAY (JANUARY 17, 2015) 10AM - 11PM

SUNDAY (JANUARY 18, 2015) 10AM - 8PM

 

    — Alfred Eisenstadt / Life Magazine (1940)

 

After World War II, Miami Beach experienced its first post-depression influx of population and culture, fueled mostly by returning soldiers who had been sent to South Florida for their basic training, before joining the fight in Europe and the South Pacific.

           Throughout the post-war 1940s, Life Magazine assigned a number of tourism, fashion, and lifestyle stories focused on Miami Beach.

 

IN 1992, ITALIAN FASHION ICON GIANNI VERSACE PUT SOUTH BEACH BACK ON THE FASHION INDUSTRY MAP.

 

           Art Deco Weekend is happy to present the 5th Annual Art Deco Weekend Fashion Show. The Miami Design Preservation League has partnered with TATIANA, Iris Chase Designs, Beauty Touches Group, and Beauty Schools of America to bring you an exciting hour of Art Deco Fashion and music!

           MDPL's resident artist, Iris Chase worked with Bettie Page Clothing designers to pick out the best 1930s and 40s Bettie Page creations to be presented in the Art Deco Weekend Fashion Show. The best part? You can purchase your favorite styles and jewelry in the Official Art Deco Gift Shop following the show! The selected pieces reflect women's style during the Art Deco era.

           The models are delegates of the Miss USA and Miss Teen USA pageants and will walk to runway to modernized blends of famous 1930s tunes. Their hair and make-up will be done by the students from the Beauty School of America in some of our favorite 1930s and 40s looks. Think pin curls and red lipstick.
           Be sure to come early and save your spot. This has become one of the most popular events at Art Deco Weekend!

 

THE SECOND (FASHION) COMING

           VH1-Fashion Television did a South Beach feature story (1992), including an interview with Gianni Versace, and guests at the opening of his flagship fashion boutique.

           The height of Miami Beach's modern-day, glamorous media attention came to Miami Beach in 1992, when Italian Fashion Icon Gianni Versace bought a $33-million home on Ocean Drive and opened his own South Beach boutique.

 

          — Associated Press

 

Gianni Versace with Claudia Schiffer and Naomi Campbell in Milan (1996).

 

            After becoming a familiar Ocean Drive resident, Versace's Miami Beach residency came to a tragic end in July 1997.

           One typical Summer day, after his routine morning coffee and reading of newspapers and magazines at the News Cafe, Versace was shot and killed by a drifter named Andrew Cunanan just two blocks away on the coral steps of his home.

 

           It was learned that Cunanan was obsessed with Versace, and had stalked the designer for months before taking his opportunity to kill Versace on Ocean Drive.

 

NEW YORK DAILY NEWS STORY HERE

 

           After an intense, nation-wide, and highly-publicized manhunt, Cunanan was found dead, of a self-inflicted gunshot to the head, just a couple of miles north of Versace's Mansion in a neighborhood houseboat near the Fontainbleau and Eden Roc hotels.