Dali Hernandez gowns at the Gulfport Casino

The House of Dali gets into the swing of things, with photos by Chip Weiner.

Swing into Tampa Bay's golden years at one of the many dances held each week at the Gulfport Casino, where Katy Nyguist Boyd stands out elegantly in House of Dali's black dress with coque feathers (top). Hair: Leonardo Martinez of U.b.U Color Salon in South Tampa. Makeup: Yara.

For more information about Dali's fashions, visit houseofdali.com. To learn more about swing dances at Gulfport's historic ballroom, visit swingtime.info or call 813-840-3715.

Dali Hernandez: House of Dali

Inspiration: "I had an early childhood's obsession with fashion magazines, and with the help of a pair of scissors I would cut various designs to mix and match and ultimately transform my bedroom walls into the latest fashion show. The days I went fabric shopping with my mother gave me an early perspective on quality variation and how the same design can be completely altered due to fabric choice. I formalized my education at the International Academy of Design & Technology."

Would never be caught dead wearing: Spandex.

If she had a time machine, she would travel back to... "The '20s. I would be a flapper girl. I have been a flapper girl for Halloween three years in a row! Different versions, of course. I would rock the short black hair, I love the sequins and fringe dresses, and also love the jewelry."


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