NEW YORK — For more than 40 years, Ruth Finley has been the sole owner and publisher of the Fashion Calendar. Last week, her name was on the calendars of some 170 people who gathered in midtown Manhattan to salute Finley, this year’s guest of honor at the 12th annual dinner-dance hosted by the Fashion Crafts Educational Commission.
“The reality far exceeded my dreams,” said Finley, referring to the Fashion Calendar during her acceptance speech. “When I started, most women did not aspire to a career outside the home. It was not considered proper.”
In addition to honoring Finley, the event, held last Thursday at the Sheraton Hotel, raised between $20,000 and $25,000 for scholarships to the High School of Fashion Industries. Fashion Crafts Educational Commission is the school’s advisory board. The money was raised through ticket proceeds and other donations, said school principal Charles Bonnici.
Norman Karr, consultant to the Fashion Association, spoke of the chaos in event schedules prior to Finley’s publication. The Fashion Calendar, published monthly, is a comprehensive listing of industry events. It has been instrumental in helping to avoid the likelihood of major events being scheduled at the same time.
After the speeches, guests saw a fashion show produced by High School of Fashion Industries students, who designed, made and modeled the clothes.