Wednesday, May 12, 2010


Changing windows tonight for tomorrow's Art Reception for Barbara Carr!

The models have been chosen. Vintage Haute Couture, chosen & fitted. Pieces for the windows, ready. Barbara Carr Artwork, delivered. Hair Salon Appointments for the models, scheduled....this is going to be a great event!

A tiny glimpse of this amazing gown!

A bit of history on these fabulous pieces of vintage Haute Couture(taken from The Hippo Press, per Arnie's permission):

Before the struggle for equal work opportunities for women took off, Johanna Tatle Reiss was leading Grand Circle Travel in New York, serving as CEO from about the late 1950s to early 1970s. Reiss dressed to denote her power with a wardrobe from top design houses including Pucci, Oscar de la Renta, Valentino and Yves Saint Laurent. “She didn’t want to look like a man. She wanted to look like a women. She wanted to walk into a room and have everyone know she was the CEO and not the secretary,” said Arnie Arnesen, Reiss’ neice.

When Reiss was 90 years old, Arnesen became her guardian and, in the process of moving her from France back to the U.S., found a collection of clothing from someone who knew how to have fun and also have a commanding presence in a boardroom, Arnesen said.Reiss’ best friend was Muriel Siebert, the first woman to buy a seat on the New York Stock Exchange. They “not only broke through the glass ceiling ... but managed to dominate in their fields,” Arnesen said.

Reiss retired to Cannes at 55. She’d been married several times and had no children. She was married to work. She was always more successful than her husbands, which was part of the reason her marriages didn’t work out, Arnesen said. It was hard for a man to be married to a powerful women at the time, Arnesen said. Arnesen was the first woman on a major party ticket to run for governor in New Hampshire and is known for hosting talk radio and her other involvement in media and politics. Reiss was a role model to Arnesen, yet, “I didn’t know my aunt at all because she was so successful and so in another world,” Arnesen said. Once a year, Reiss’ limousine would pull up at Arnesen’s grandparents’ home in Hicksville, Long Island; Arnesen remembers seeing the chauffeur leaning against the limo smoking cigarettes during Reiss’ four hour visits. Reiss was penniless by the time Arnesen became her guardian.

Barbara Carr also painted the backdrops to help us set the tone for the Parisian scenes for the models!

(Hint!) One side is Moulin Rouge. The other, the Eiffel Tower (and yes, Vintage Pucci will be worn!)

Come meet the Artist and experience this rare and special event!