Jean Shafiroff Hosts Cocktails with Oscar de la Renta and Historical Society of Palm Beach County
Endless Summer: Palm Beach Resort Wear
photos by PMC / Paul Bruinooge & BFA / Rupert Ramsay
Historical Society of Palm Beach County and Oscar de la Renta exhibit to open November 9 at the Richard and Pat Johnson History Museum
Martin & Jean Shafiroff, the Historical Society of Palm Beach County, and Oscar de la Renta held a private cocktail event in Manhattan to celebrate the upcoming grand exhibition, Endless Summer: Palm Beach Resort Wear, presented in partnership with The Palm Beaches and opening November 9th at the Richard and Pat Johnson History Museum in West Palm Beach, owned by the Historical Society of Palm Beach County.
The luxury brand’s support of the exhibit also celebrates an ongoing collaboration to preserve and share fashion history in Palm Beach. Oscar de la Renta Chief Executive Officer Alex Bolen said, “We are thrilled to partner with the Historical Society of Palm Beach County to celebrate Palm Beach’s unique place in fashion history with the Endless Summer: Palm Beach Resort Wear exhibition. Further, we appreciate the generosity and hospitality of our dear friends Jean and Martin Shafiroff in celebrating this exciting launch in Palm Beach.”
More than 140 guests at the New York celebration, hosted by Jean and Martin Shafiroff, the HSPBC, and Oscar de la Renta, enjoyed a special fashion presentation of Oscar de la Renta’s brand-new styles. A private dinner, hosted by Sciame Construction and Modern Luxury Magazine followed the event. Jean Shafiroff, a long-time devotee of Oscar de la Renta and wearing one of their gowns from the Spring 2024 collection, said, “The work of the Historical Society of Palm Beach County is important to all of us. As our identity, art, and culture must be preserved for future generations.”
New York State Assembly Member Rebecca Seawright presented a Citation to both Jean Shafiroff and Jeremy Johnson, President, and Chief Executive Officer of the Historical Society of Palm Beach County, honoring the nonprofit “for its dedicated mission to preserve, collect, and bring the rich history and cultural heritage of Palm Beach County to life.” Johnson expressed his gratitude to Martin and Jean Shafiroff and to Oscar de la Renta in Palm Beach and Manhattan. “It is exciting to meet others who not only appreciate our mission but also join us in moving it forward.”
Guests at the event expressed their excitement to see even more Oscar de la Renta with their generous display of both recent and archive styles at Endless Summer, which will open with an invitation-only reception on November 8th and remain through May 2024.
Among those who attended were Eliza Reed Bolen, Cameron Silver, Jeremy Johnson, NYS Assembly Member Rebecca Seawright, Jackie Weld Drake, Alex Hamer, Jeffrey Alderton, Lizzi Bickford, Katherine Boulud, Camilla Webster, Courtney Schlesinger, Paul Labrecque, Collin Adams, Taylor Materio, Marilyn Kirschner, Lee Fryd, Fernanda Garcia, Pamela O’Connor, Maria and Ken Fishel, Ramona Singer, Julia Haart, His Royal Highness Prince Mario Max of Austria, and Martin Shafiroff.
Cocktail Event Sponsors: Oscar de la Renta, Martin and Jean Shafiroff, CIBC Wealth Management, Christie’s, Sotheby’s International Realty, The Palm Beaches, Paul Labrecque Salon & Spa
Private Dinner Sponsors: Presented at The Lobster Club: Sciame Construction – Manhattan & Palm Beach, Modern Luxury Manhattan & Palm Beach
About Jean Shafiroff:
Jean Shafiroff is a philanthropist, humanitarian, TV host, writer, and the author of the book “Successf
ul Philanthropy: How to Make a Life by What You Give”. Jean works extensively as a volunteer fundraiser and leader in the philanthropic world. She serves on the boards of 8 charitable organizations and each year chairs upwards of eight to 9 different charity galas. Among the many causes she champions are those involved in women’s rights, rights of the underserved, health care, and animal welfare.
Jean serves on the boards of the Southampton Hospital Association, NYC Mission Society, French Heritage Society, Couture Council of the Museum at FIT, Global Strays, New York Women’s Foundation, Casita Maria, and Southampton Animal Shelter Foundation Honorary Board. A Catholic, she served on the board of the Jewish Board for 28 years and now is one of their honorary trustees. Jean Shafiroff has been honored numerous times by a variety of charitable organizations for her work. Jean Shafiroff is among the leading ladies of the philanthropy world, both nationally and internationally. Jean Shafiroff is an influencer and has over 1.2m Instagram followers.
For more information, please visit www.jeanshafiroff.com
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About Oscar De La Renta:
Established in New York City in 1965, Oscar de la Renta is one of the world’s leading luxury brands. In addition to its internationally renowned women’s ready-to-wear collection, the house encompasses a full line of women’s accessories, bridal, children’s, fragrance, and home décor.
About The Historical Society of Palm Beach County:
The Historical Society of Palm Beach County is a nonprofit organization founded in 1937 to collect, preserve, and share the history of Palm Beach County and the larger context of Florida. The HSPBC operates and maintains the Richard and Pat Johnson Palm Beach County History Museum, an admission-free, accessible institution featuring high-quality, interactive exhibits. Funds raised by the Society provide critical education programs to the school children of Palm Beach County.
About the Grand Exhibition:
Resort wear evolved as a type of fashion after Henry Flagler’s railroad brought visitors to the subtropical temperatures of South Florida. By the 20th century, the climate attracted travelers from afar, but the heavy winter clothes of northern travelers became untenable. Resort fashion emerged as the Palm Beach look. Endless Summer will examine how the charm of a Palm Beach lifestyle attracts and influences not only its residents but the most fashionable winter guests. From the effortless wardrobes of Anthony’s, Bonwit Teller, and salon owner Martha Phillips, to Philip Hulitar, Chanel, Lilly Pulitzer, and St. John, Palm Beach’s unique environment significantly shaped resort wear and continues to attract those chasing the sun. To learn more, visit pbchistory.org.