NEW YORK — Dress for Success celebrated its 10th anniversary Thursday with its biggest gala yet.
“In honor of our 10th anniversary, we are honoring 10 individuals who have had their own lives filled with success,” said Joi Gordon, the charity’s chief executive officer.
Honorees from the apparel industry included Andrew Rosen, Theory’s president and founder; Pete Nordstrom, Nordstrom president of merchandising; Damon Dash, ceo of Damon Dash Enterprises; Rachel Roy, artistic director of her eponymous line, and Paula Sutton, president of Diane von Furstenberg.
Wendy Finerman, who produced “The Devil Wears Prada,” was also recognized, along with baseball legend Yogi Berra, Time Warner vice president Gerri Warren Merrick, Airforce Nutrisoda’s global brand ambassador Richard Moody and Dress for Success founder Nancy Lublin.
Bobbi Brown, founder and ceo of Bobbi Brown Cosmetics, chaired the event, which coincided with her 50th birthday.
“Bobbi asked me if she could chair my event when she turned 50 and we turned 10,” said Gordon. “She said she wanted to raise $1 million, and who was I to tell Bobbi Brown she couldn’t raise $1 million?”
With 1,060 people in attendance, up from 670 last year, the evening raised more than $1 million — even before the money from the auctions was included.
Dress for Success has dressed more than 400,000 women in suits and helped them get jobs. Fourteen of Dress for Success’ “most accomplished women” were introduced on stage.
Gordon also said that for New York Fashion Week in September, Dress for Success would be the beneficiary of the “MetLife Presents Snoopy in Fashion” show, for which designers including Isaac Mizrahi will design fashions inspired by the “Peanuts” dog Snoopy, the mascot of MetLife.
This story first appeared in the April 17, 2007 issue of WWD. Subscribe Today.