Princess Diana's Dresses Travel to South Florida May 5-11 for Limited Engagement at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
Exhibit Accompanied by Never-Before-Seen Hard Rock British Rock "Royalty" Memorabilia on Display; Proceeds Benefit Charity
HOLLYWOOD, FL (April 23, 2008) - The Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino is hosting a limited engagement exhibit of six of the late Diana Princess of Wales' dresses and interactive media entitled Dresses for Humanity II. The dress exhibit, curated through the People's Princess Charitable Foundation (PPCF), runs from May 5 through May 11 in the hotel ballroom and is open from 2 p.m. - 9 p.m. on May 5, 11 a.m. - 9 p.m. May 6-9 and 11 and 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. on May 10. Admission is free for Player's Club members and $10 for non-members that will benefit The People's Princess Charitable Foundation, Inc. Tickets can be purchased at the entrance to the ballroom.
Among the gowns to be showcased are several by designer Catherine Walker including a champagne-colored, glass beaded shift; a long, beaded evening dress in champagne silk and lace; and a nautical evening dress in navy blue silk crepe. Two other dresses in the collection were worn at Christie's private parties, and another, a heavily-sequined halter dress.
The exhibit has been viewed by over 3,000,000 people the world over. In 2001, the dresses were placed within the Royal Ceremonial Dress Collection in Kensington Palace, the late Princess' former home. The dresses continue the charity work which they started at the original Christie's sale.
"We are honored to play a key role in the preservation of Diana's legacy. The Dresses for Humanity II exhibit is a beautiful and elegant reminder of a beloved philanthropic legend. We are proud to showcase this dress collection and keep the philanthropic journey alive along with our sister property in Tampa," said Phil Madow, president of the Seminole Hard Rock in Hollywood.
To complement this regal display, several never-before-seen legendary "royal" rock memorabilia has been obtained from the Hard Rock vault in Orlando, Fla. for exhibit during this special engagement. British rock memorabilia from Knighted performers Sir Eric Clapton, Sir Elton John, and Sir Mick Jagger, The Who's Keith Moon and Julian Lennon will be showcased.
Specific items include Eric Clapton's ivory silk/linen suit, Italian-made by Gianni Versace; a jacket and pants labeled "Sig. Eric Clapton;" a tuxedo-style jacket with metal buttons and pants with a pleated front. This suit was specially made for concerts at Royal Albert Hall in early 1991. Other Clapton items include a Crossroads poster and a poster unveiled at a press conference at the London Hard Rock Café. Eric Clapton signed this poster to kick off #20 in the Signature Series of t-shirts for his charity "Crossroads Centre Antigua." On display from Elton John is a green and white cotton jacket decorated with brightly colored flowers with a matching shirt and cream pants with glasses and a photo. From the Rolling Stones will be a poster and a shirt owned and worn by Mick Jagger accompanied by a letter from Mick authenticating, "This Letter is to Confirm that This Voyage Shirt Belonged to Me." From Keith Moon of The Who will be a display of his full-length black velvet robe with collar,
cuffs, pockets, and belt richly embroidered in yellow wool; the front decorated with a roaring lion's head motif. The inside is lined with white ‘art' silk, and embroidered in white "Turnbull and Asser-custom made by Turnbull & Asser of London for Keith Moon." Finally, a ceramic mask hand-painted and titled "Face from a Fine War" signed by Julian Lennon. The masks were distributed and sold to benefit the Prince's Trust Charity.
About The People's Princess Charitable Foundation: The People's Princess Charitable Foundation, Inc. (PPCF) was incorporated as a non profit 501(c) 3 organization in the state of Florida on September 11, 1997 by Maureen Rorech Dunkel, a businesswoman from Tampa, Florida. As part of a long-term personal investment plan, Rorech Dunkel had anonymously purchased 14 gowns of the late Princess Diana at the famous Christie's auction just weeks before the Princess' untimely death.
Influenced both by the outpouring of public grief following the Princess' tragic death and her dedication to global humanitarian activities, Rorech Dunkel made the decision to share the dresses with the public for their sentimental enjoyment and appreciation of their historical importance. Rorech Dunkel benefited from the offered guidance of the leadership of the Smithsonian Institution and created the professionally-curated, 5,600-sq.-ft. exhibition of the dresses and accompanying displays explaining Princess Diana's journey from royal princess to global humanitarian.
The Dresses for Humanity exhibit traveled the world from October, 1997 - June, 2001. Distributable proceeds in excess of $900,000 were given to charities in U.S. and Canadian cities, which were stops on the exhibition tour. An additional $200,000 was raised during an eight-month exhibition in Kensington Palace from November, 1999 - June, 2000.
At the end of the exhibition tour, the dresses were loaned to Kensington Palace, the former home of Princess Diana, for the enjoyment and education of the public, as well as for the proximity to her two sons. They are now part of the Royal Ceremonial Dress Collection and the dollars generated by ticket sales go for the preservation of Kensington Palace. They will remain on display in England until their return to the PPCF in Tampa, Fla. in 2011. For more information, please visit http://www.princessdianadresses.com/.
About Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino is South Florida's leading entertainment destination featuring Vegas-style slots on a 145,000-square-foot casino with 50 live action poker tables and more than 2,500 of the most popular slots and games including Multi-Area Progressive Jackpots and Mega Jackpots. Our casino offers a non-smoking room and a high-limit gaming room with a cashier booth, check cashing services, and safe deposit boxes. The high-limit room also includes a VIP Plum Lounge exclusive area for loyal Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Players Club members and a celebrity show kitchen. This Four-Diamond, AAA rated, 500-room hotel offers 17 restaurants and lounges, 40,000 sq. ft. of meeting room space, a full-service, European-style spa, environmentally friendly hand car wash and auto detail salon, and 22 retail shops and 11 nightclubs in Seminole Paradise. Entertainment aficionados can enjoy national and international musical acts, comedic performances, and more in Hard Rock Live--a state-of-the art and acoustically-sound arena located on property. Lucky Street parking garage offers guests an additional 2,300 spaces for parking. The Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino is located on State Road 7 (U.S. 441) in Hollywood, Florida. From I-95, exit Stirling Rd. and travel west to 1 Seminole Way. For more information, call (954) 327-ROCK, 1-800-937-0010 or visit us online at http://www.seminolehardrockhollywood.com/.
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