"Sunlight to Starlight"
Psychedelic and multi-colored is this silk print
with a long tie-back scarf. Mrs C.H. Mullen
is the model. (1967)
-Gazette photo by Jerry Campbell
The Kalamazoo Women's Symphony Association was formed in 1930 by Symphony
founder Leta Snow to support the KSO through a number of fund-raising and
educational projects. It is now called the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra League.
The Women's Symphony annual style show was an excellent fund-raiser for
the KSO, and always sold out. (This event continues to this day.) It got its
start in the 1960s and was held every April.
Working tirelessly behind the scenes was Irving Gilmore, owner of Gilmore
Brothers Department Store. He would support this event by underwriting
many of the costs. Clothing lines from his store were seen on the catwalk.
One year, Irving arranged to have some fashions sent directly from Paris!
The spotlight was also shared by merchandise from other downtown stores.
BARBARA WALTERS, noted television personality, will speak
on "The World's Most Appealing Women" at the WSA show-brunch.
Luminaries from the entertainment world were featured as commentators. As
well as Ms. Walters, Alan J. Lerner, Leslie Uggams, Eva Gabor and Rosalind Russell
were among the special guests invited by the WSA over the years to emcee the show.
WSA members, orchestra players such as Georgiana Smith, Grace Field, Alice and
others acted as models.
On Sunday, April 13, 1969, the Kalamazoo Gazette's Staff Writer Margaret Charlton
did a full page article on the upcoming "Sunlight to Starlight" brunch-style show.
The photo montage was by Rick Campbell.
MODELING a black sleeveless knit evening dress is Mrs. L. Lee Stryker.
Symphony conductor Pierre Hétu is at the piano.
IN AFTERNOON WEAR are Mrs. C.H. Mullen, who shows a two-piece silk and worsted
outfit, and Mrs. Jeffrey Weisman, modeling a mint green wool knit dress and matching coat.
MRS. CHARLES MARTELL wears an oatmeal linen ensemble with tangerine
polka-dot blouse. James Schumaker is on trumpet.
CASUAL ATTIRE is shown by Mrs. Judson Knapper in an orange bell-bottom
pantsuit; Mrs. Gene C. Bahls in a three-piece striped ensemble, and Mrs. Weimer
K. Hicks in a print golf "short". Lambert Kroon is on bass.
HOSTESS CULOTTES are worn by Mrs. John M. Jarboe in black and white
print and Mrs. F.W. Sassaman in lime green. Donald Stevenson is on tympani.
Alice on the catwalk, April 20, 1970.
Photo by Rick Campbell, Kalamazoo Gazette
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