April 8, 2016 |
Donna Drummonds has spent each spring since 2009 shuttling Camden high school students to a prom dress giveaway held in central Jersey, to help them get outfits for the big dance. It's a 90-minute drive and a big time commitment, and this year she wasn't sure she was up to it. "Then one girl came to me and asked: 'Mrs. Drummonds, are you doing the dresses again this year? Because if you don't, I won't be able to go,' " Drummonds said. "It just melted my heart. And I said, yes, of course.
January 29, 2013 |
IF YOU GAVE Helen Banks a needle and thread, you'd be advised to get out of her way. She could make anything with those simple tools. Clothing, of course, including men's and women's suits, prom dresses to make a girl the belle of the ball, draperies, bedding, wedding dresses - you name it. For a time, she designed and sewed bedding for the former Strawbridge & Clothier department store. Helen Banks, who worked for a number of clothing manufacturers in the city - including Foster Brothers Men's Clothing, from which she retired - a devoted churchwoman and loving family matriarch, died Friday.
June 6, 2012 |
And now, the names of four of the hardest-working women on any stage in Philadelphia and, currently, maybe anywhere. They are Kat Borrelli, Laura Catlaw, Colleen Hazlett, and Janet Rowley, and together they become a gal-group of singers called the Marvelous Wonderettes, each night on the top floor of the Adrienne Theatre. There, 11th Hour Theatre Company is presenting a show by the same name. Actually, it's not all that much of a show in the first half, but The Marvelous Wonderettes is one heck of a concert throughout.
May 16, 2012 |
In high school, he was the guy who shaved his head in solidarity with a buddy who was going through chemo, then let the hair grow back in a mohawk. She was the girl who never wore a dress. So when Tom Burrows and Meghan Connolly showed up at the 2006 Cheltenham High School prom — he in a white tux and spectator shoes, dark hair in glossy spikes; she in a black spaghetti-strap gown with white accents, fingernails tipped in ebony lacquer — they made a striking pair. They also caught the eye of photographer Mary Ellen Mark, who included a photo of Burrows and Connolly in her new book, Prom, published in April.
October 26, 2011 |
If it's a famous frock, you can bet your breakfast at Tiffany's that Hal Rubenstein knows the story behind it. Rubenstein is the fashion director for the glitzy, celebrity-driven InStyle magazine. His latest book, 100 Unforgettable Dresses (HarperDesign, 2011), is a testament to his knowledge of all the things tailored, glossy, and see-through that have become, well, unforgettable. The book was released Tuesday. Stylish books regularly land on my desk, but this 206-page hardcover stood out because Rubenstein packed it with little-known fashion facts.
March 20, 2011 |
Colby Berman nearly swooned when she saw herself in the frothy pink chiffon gown with gold beaded trim at the Bala Girls store in Bala Cynwyd. "It's exactly what I wanted," the 15-year-old Lower Merion High School sophomore gushed as her entourage - and there's always an entourage when it comes to the increasingly complex task of picking out a prom gown - oohed and aahed on cue. To make sure the $400 dress was exactly what no one else wanted...
July 14, 2008 |
After a quickie courtship and a minor face-lift, the 70-year-old dowager of designer duds at discount prices known as Ideal Clothing has a new lease on life. After reading in a newspaper article about the imminent closing of Ideal, where generations of women headed for the perfect prom, wedding and cocktail-party outfits, two Gloucester County entrepreneurs have kept it open. The store's previous owner, Bruce Rosenwasser, of Vineland, died in March at 54, and no one in his family wanted to take over the business.
April 19, 2008 |
Far from the fancy designer salons and chic bridal boutiques in Philadelphia and New York City, Ideal Clothing is a little bit of haute couture tucked away in a Quonset hut on the way to the Jersey Shore. Generations of women have turned off Route 30 here for prom dresses, mother-of-the-bride gowns and cruise wear. But within the next few weeks, after Ideal sends one last high school girl out with her frothy prom gown carefully wrapped in a plastic garment bag, longtime employees will lock the front door and turn out the lights on a business that's been catering to the whims of event-bound women for 70 years.
June 6, 2004 |
The most frequent question Ryan McLaughlin gets about her duct-tape prom gown is: "Doesn't it stick to you?" No, it doesn't, explains the Great Valley High School junior: The top is double-faced, sticky side to sticky side, and the skirt is lined with a shower curtain liner. Far from its hardware-store origins, the dress looks as if it were made from fine, pliable leather woven into squares. The black, sleeveless top is laced up the back corset-style with ribbon, and the ankle-length black skirt ties at the waist.
March 15, 2003 |
Prom dresses, a new dog, a pool table, a $150-a-week cocaine habit. "I just couldn't stop shopping," a Cherry Hill woman told a federal judge demanding to know what happened to the cash she and her supervisor embezzled from her employer, a pie-plate manufacturer. Judge Jerome B. Simandle yesterday postponed sentencing Gail Mariano, 38, on two counts of bank fraud until he learned more about where the money went. "I need to know what happened to a million dollars," Simandle said.