100 Unforgettable Dresses by Annie Zhang

100 Unforgettable Dresses, a book review

My morning ritual usually begins with me, hazy eyed, stepping into my closet and shifting through a ridiculous collection of dresses. No, I will not tell you how many dresses I own, merely because I did a final count recently, and it’s indeed embarrassing. During one of my routine Sunday afternoon visits to the neighborhood Barnes and Noble, I discovered this new book that struck a cord close to my heart.

The book, 100 Unforgettable Dresses, by InStyle founder and fashion director, Hal Rubenstein, is a beautifully illustrated bible of gorgeous women who wore the right dress at the right moment. Here are some samples that will make you squeak with delight!

 Ming Vase Gown by Roberto Cavalli

 Green gown for Atonement by Jacqueline Durran

The JACKIE gown by Valentino

Tulle Gown for Sex and the City, by Versace

The message of this beautiful book is that, while the dress and the girl makes a difference; it’s really the occasion, the moment captured that makes it so memorable. Every dress has a story, every dress has a personality. It delivers the message that the wearer wishes to convey. Mind you, I’m not trying to justify my massive collection of dresses, but to quote the great Diane von Furstenberg, “ Feel like a woman, wear a dress!”

by Annie Zhang

Discovering That the Journey is Apart of Me Too

As I walked through the empty halls of the Walker Art Center yesterday morning contemplating what I would write about in this first blog, the sound of my stilettos “click clack” echoed through the museum, forewarning the guards that the girl who wears heels everyday to work is here. Since this is my first blog, I thought it would be nice to tell you about the journey that ultimately brought me to this amazing contemporary art museum.

I wasn’t always into art and fashion. As a matter of fact, in high school I broke every fashion rule imaginable. I thought by shopping at Bloomingdales, wearing DKNY and Tommy Hilfiger, I was being a fashionista (I will spear you with pictures from that era of my life). In college I was as lost as every other 18-year-old, trying to figure out the path to take that would lead me to become someone I wanted to be. Eventually I settled on Marketing, Art History and French, knowing that would provide me the perfect alibi to study in France for a year, which was a dream come true. In Paris, I was thrown into the world of Louis Vitton, Christian Dior and of course the mother ship, Chanel. I was fascinated with the black turtlenecks, the wool pencil skirts and the impossibly hard task of walking in heels on cobble-stoned streets.

Returning stateside a year later, I was a different woman. Yes, a woman who experienced the European sophistication of cigarette smoking while having a Café au Lait, museum and art gallery hopping, tragic heartbreaks and using random French words in my conversations. After graduating from college, I craved more of that glamour so I enrolled into Sotheby’s Institute of Art in New York to obtain a master’s degree in Art Business. Another whirlwind of fabulous blurs later, I find myself unemployed with three undergraduate degrees and a master’s degree.

The Walker Art Center could not have came in a more opportune time, as I find myself once again looking for direction, I was offered a position in Museum Development and Corporate Sponsorship. I immediately jumped on that train, and know that this is the new beginning of my big adventure and I wasn’t going to miss a minute of it. Now my days are spent researching artists and exhibitions, prospecting sponsors for the museum and of course, my favorite: special events. Recently I worked on the first annual gala and the graphic design’s after hours party among many many corporate cocktail parties thrown in between.

The point is, as important as the destination; the journey makes you who you are. So go for it, whatever it is your contemplating, go for it. I can’t guarantee you’ll end up exactly where you want to be, but I can say this: you’ll enjoy being yourself a heck of a lot more!

by Annie Zhang