Neiman Marcus Fashion Hits Meadow Brook Hall

By LeeAnn Brown

Costumes and jewelry and food, oh my!

Meadow Brook Hall, along with Neiman Marcus, is hosting Decades of Dress, a luncheon and fashion show at 11 a.m. Wednesday October 2nd.

The event will begin with a reception that will include a Verdura trunk show, Meadow Brook costume exhibit and raffle.

Established in 1939 by Fulco di Verdura, a Sicilian duke, the company set out to design and create unique, luxurious jewelry pieces.

Verdura was named “America’s Crown Jeweler” by New York Times.

Verdura designed elaborate pieces that were worn by a not-so-modest list of elite, from movie stars to royalty. Some clients included Coco Chanel, Cole and Linda Porter and Princess Diana.

The company still holds its place as “one of the leading internationally renowned fine jewelers” and continues to be worn by royalty across the world and celebrities strutting down red carpets, according to Verdura’s website.

After the reception and trunk show, lunch and fashions, exhibiting Neiman Marcus ready-to-wear outfits, will follow.

The Decades of Dress event will raise funds dedicated to the conservation of Meadow Brook’s elaborate costume collection.

The collection features a 1924 evening gown made of gold tissue.

“We have about 500 items in our costume collection,” said Shannon Oberski, Meadow Brook Hall Marketing and Communications Manager. “The 1920s gold tissue, with purple fringe, flapper dress that we are raising funds to conserve was once worn by Matilda Dodge Wilson.”

“We also have a green and gold Paul Poiret dress. Poiret was a leading French designer in the early 20th century,” Oberski said.

Matilda Dodge Wilson cofounded the Oakland’s original campus title of Michigan State University and called Meadow Brook Hall her home.

Tickets for Decades of Dress begin at $125 per person.

To make a reservation or inquire about table sponsorships call 248-364-6264 or visit