Made of white silk satin, adorned with white silk Gazar dove epaulets, the dress was worn in public for the first time by Marissa Berenson at last week’s Time For Peace concert-dinner at Lincoln Center. Berenson was named UNESCO’s Goodwill Ambassador last month.
The Peace Book itself contains messages about peace by more than 200 personalities, from heads of state to cultural figures, and was designed by artist Chantal Bernard. The book will go on tour as part of a traveling exhibition raising funds for child victims of war, famine and deprivation.
CFDA’S BREAST CANCER BENEFIT: In observance of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October, the Council of Fashion Designers of America will sponsor a fund-raiser called Fashion Targets Breast Cancer.
Chaired by Ralph Lauren, with a committee of Donna Karan, Oscar de la Renta and Louis Dell’Olio, the month-long effort will feature a special T-shirt,with production to be overseen by Polo Ralph Lauren Corp. and sold to the public through stores. Profits from the sale will go to the Nina Hyde Center for Breast Cancer Research at the Vincent T. Lombardi Cancer Research Center, at Georgetown University Medical Center in Washington, D.C.
JOHN ANTHONY BACK IN WHOLESALE: John Anthony is designing a new ready-to-wear collection for fall called John Anthony Couture. The designer, who has been concentrating on a made-to-order business for 10 years, will preview his new collection in New York’s Rainbow Room at a lunch May 2 benefiting Sloane Kettering Memorial Hospital’s pediatric cancer patients.
The collection, to wholesale for $500 to $1,900, features coats, suits, day dresses and cocktail and evening dresses. Anthony projects first-year volume at $1.6 million.