Lillian Weber, a 99-year-old good Samaritan from Iowa, has spent the last few years sewing a dress a day for the Little Dresses For Africa charity, a Christian organization that distributes dresses to children in need in Africa and elsewhere.
Weber’s goal is to make 1,000 dresses by the time she turns 100 on May 6th. So far, she’s made more than 840. Though she says she could make two a day, she only makes one – but each single dress she makes per day is personalized with careful stitchwork. She hopes that each little girl who receives her dress can take pride in her new garment.
On June 19, 2011, the gown and the hat worn by the actress Audrey Hepburn in “My Fair Lady" were auctioned from the Debbie Reynolds Collection by the incredible value of $3.7 million. Originally, the actress Debbie Reynolds paid $100,000 for this pieces.
Gown: Cecil Beaton (inspired in the Edwardian finery, a long gown of silk linen, overlaid with a fine lace embroidered in a delicate flower motif, also embroidered over the lace, a fine ribbon of white satin, details of ribbons of black velvet striped with ribbons of white silk and a large bow at the left breast, in white organdy: falses cuffs matching with the ruffles of the high collar, a costume created specially for the wardrobe of Audrey’s character Eliza Doolittle).
Hat: Madame Paulette, Paris (based on the drawings by Cecil Beaton and created specially for the wardrobe of Audrey’s character Eliza Doolittle: a enormous capeline constructed of a lightweight cotton burlap, trimmed in black velvet with ostrich feathers in black and white on one side adorning a large bow of white satin with stripes of ribbons in black velvet, the precious decoration: some red roses made of a kind of organza starched, a small sprig of pansies in the beautiful lavender shade, branches of wheat, finalizing a white lace bonnet with some small flowers).
“Those are my parents. They’ve been married 55 years. They met when my dad was visiting Mexico as a young man. He saw my mom at a party, but he couldn’t speak a word of Spanish, so they just sort of looked at each other and giggled. Everything was very formal back then, so he asked a mutual friend to obtain permission for him to contact her. My mom gave my dad her address, and when he went back to America, he would write her a letter every few days. He’d write the entire letter in English, and then get a Spanish dictionary and translate it word by word. My mom says the letters barely made sense. But after he’d written many letters, he went back to Mexico and they went on their first date. There were adult chaperones and everything, they didn’t even kiss or touch. It was all very formal. And after a few dates, they decided to marry. Her family thought she was crazy to marry this weird American who kept writing the letters. But she said she knew he was the one. Get this—- just two years ago, we were all visiting Italy. And I busted the two of them making out in a corner. I snapped a photo. Dad’s got Mom pinned up against a wall and he’s macking her hard.”
this is so sweet. But those last two sentences LOL!