prominent philanthropist and author of Successful
Philanthropy: How to Make a Life by What You Give,
hosted a book signing for legendary Fashion Designer Vicky Tiel at
her Park Avenue home.
If you saw Pretty
Woman starring Julia Roberts you surely remember ‘the dress’
which Vicky created. If you saw Jill Biden at the Obama’s
Inaugural Ball, you would have seen the same dress in red. If
you shopped at iconic fashion retailer Bergdorf Goodman you
might recognize it as the longest selling dress in Bergdorf
Goodman and Neiman Marcus (for some 32 years) – courtesy of Vicky
After graduating from
Parson’s School of Design in 1964, Vicky moved to Paris to start
a career in fashion where she met Richard Burton and Elizabeth
Taylor. Vicky introduced wrap dresses, caftans, string bikinis
and micro minis. She went on to create the costumes for 13
movies. In the early 1970s she evolved from the “youth quake”
sixties designer to a glamorous Parisian couturier and launched
her first perfume in 1989 at the suggestion of mentor Coco
While Vicky no longer
designs fashion on a wide scale, she recently entered into an
exclusive fashion collaboration with philanthropist, journalist
and author Jean Shafiroff. Jean is a glamorous presence
on the New York scene whose activities span the spectrum of
receiving the Dina Merrill Hartley Public Service Award to
hosting Oscar winner Colin Firth prior to receiving his
Hollywood Walk of Fame Star for movie, The King’s Speech.
She is the author of Successful Philanthropy: How to Make
a Life by What You Give.
Vicky designed Jean’s
dress that she wore while hosting a book-signing event for
Vicky’s book: The Absolute Woman: It’s All About Feminine
Power published by Post Hill Press and available on amazon.com.