Excellent Vintage: Party pics from "Though Tattered and Torn…"

Michael Vollbracht's collection of rescued fashions raised $15,000 for St. Joseph's Women's Hospital.

click to enlarge Heidi Dingfelder, Carol Tomaino, Monica Canale and Jennifer Garcia. - © PEZZO PHOTO
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Heidi Dingfelder, Carol Tomaino, Monica Canale and Jennifer Garcia.


“Though Tattered and Torn…”, the fundraiser for St. Joseph’s Women’s Hospital Shimberg Breast Center featuring the vintage collection of designer Michael Vollbracht, drew a stylish crowd to Lot 1901 in Ybor City last Thursday.

The raw, industrial-chic space proved to be the ideal backdrop for the artfully displayed fashions, some more than a century old, as a model posed and swirled in a dazzling Vollbracht gown previously worn by Beyonce and Eva Longoria.

Nora Gunn, VP of development for the SJH Foundation, said that the fundraising total from the event (and sales that night of original fashion sketches by Vollbracht) is expected to be $15,000.

“It has exceeded all our expectations,” said Gunn. “Michael has drawn a poignant parallel between these vintage fashions and those fighting this terrible disease — even if one feels damaged from treatment, one is still valuable and beautiful.”

Photos by Pezzo Photo captured the scene.

click to enlarge One of the exhibit's elegant wall cards. - © PEZZO PHOTO
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One of the exhibit's elegant wall cards.

click to enlarge Michael Vollbracht (far right) with Anne Nelson (far left) in a coat he designed for Liz Taylor, with Althea Greco and a friend. - © PEZZO PHOTO
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Michael Vollbracht (far right) with Anne Nelson (far left) in a coat he designed for Liz Taylor, with Althea Greco and a friend.

click to enlarge Tom Lamb (left) with Jeff & Michelle Monsein (and an outfit by Valentino at upper left). - © PEZZO PHOTO
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Tom Lamb (left) with Jeff & Michelle Monsein (and an outfit by Valentino at upper left).

click to enlarge CL Publisher James Howard and Olga Montesino examine a vintage Lanvin. - © PEZZO PHOTO
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CL Publisher James Howard and Olga Montesino examine a vintage Lanvin.

click to enlarge Laura West and Amy Scherzer. - © PEZZO PHOTO
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Laura West and Amy Scherzer.

click to enlarge Danny Farley, Gen Orbaugh, Susie Dickens, and Jackie Gardner. - © PEZZO PHOTO
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Danny Farley, Gen Orbaugh, Susie Dickens, and Jackie Gardner.

click to enlarge Vollbracht signing copies of his book, 'Nothing Sacred.' - © PEZZO PHOTO
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Vollbracht signing copies of his book, 'Nothing Sacred.'

click to enlarge A gown by Vionnet. - © PEZZO PHOTO
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A gown by Vionnet.

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