Linda Dresner, owner of two specialty stores that bear her name, on Park Avenue in Manhattan and in Birmingham, Mich., produced a fashion show last month for the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute's annual dinner, which raised $930,000.
Linda Dresner, owner of two specialty stores that bear her name, on Park Avenue in Manhattan and in Birmingham, Mich., produced a fashion show last month for the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute's annual dinner, which raised $930,000. The Institute is one of 39 National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer centers in the U.S. About 980 guests saw the runway show, presented atop the long dinner table, which models carefully navigated.
Dresner, who was one of the first retailers in the U.S. to sell Jil Sander, provided looks for the show from Azzedine Alaïa, Balenciaga, Biba, Chloé, Comme des Garçons, Dries Van Noten, John Galliano, Rick Owens, Stella McCartney, Tao, Todd Lynn and Yohji Yamamoto. There were also some vintage pieces from Dresner's closet by designers Thea Porter, Zandra Rhodes and Stephen Sprouse.
"When I was diagnosed with cancer, it was a dramatic event in my life,"; Dresner said. "I feel very fortunate to have had such great care at Karmanos. Not just my treatment, but how I was treated and the care offered through my recovery, was excellent. It was a turning point in my life, and it changed me. Now I'd like to give something back to Karmanos.";
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