Helen Rose Fashion Show 2019


Date: Monday, February 25, 2019

Time: 11:30 am
Luncheon will be served

Come see Hollywood History

Sip champagne abd enjoy lunch in style as you step back in time to see classic designs that still inspire designers today.

Palm Springs Life presents a runway production of the Palm Springs Historical Society's Helen Rose Collection hosted by Thunderbird Country Club.

The Academy Award-winning costume designer won Oscars for "The Bad and the Beautiful" in 1952 and "I'll Cry Tomorrow" in 1955. Nominated an additional eight times she was a favorite among the famed and wealthy. She also was trusted to design the wedding dresses of many, including Grace Kelly to Prince Rainier of Monaco and Elizabeth Taylor to Conrad Nicky Hilton.

Among the designs that endeared her to film fans was the sensual white V-neck cocktail dress Elizabeth Taylor wore in "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof" that became all the fashion rage. 

After MGM, Rose sold both custom and ready to wear at her House of Helen Rose, her lines were sold across the country into the 1970s at high end department stores such as Bonwit Teller, Robinson's and I Magnin.

Help us carry on the tradition and celebrate the beautiful work of Helen Rose

Mrs. Rose, who had lived in Palm Springs for many years, launched the "Helen Rose Show," a fashion production with profits to charity that featured many of the costumes she had designed for MGM.

Willed to her longtime friend, Marilyn Visel who vowed to carry on the show, and Barbara Marx who generously donated them to the Palm Springs Historical Society. We proudly preserve and protect the precious collection thanks to your support. 

Don't miss this opportunity to enjoy some time behind the gates of the stunning private Thunderbird Country Club

Known to house Presidents, Icons of Business, Actors and Professional Athletes, it's a beautiful setting to sip champagne and luncheon, as Helen's creations from classic films will once again come to life on the runway.

Lena Horne, Cyd Charisse, Deborah Kerr, Grace Kelly, Elizabeth Taylor, Lauren Bacall, Esther Williams, Lana Turner, Judy Garland - see why they loved to be dressed by Helen Rose.

- $125 per person for Historical Society
(*includes a free Individual memberships to the Palm Springs Historical Society for one year) 

Thunderbird Country Club 
70-737 Country Club Drive
Rancho Mirage, CA 92270


Learn more about Helen

Even at 16 she was a great sketch artist

Herald from Chicago, creating costumes for Vaudeville, led her to Los Angeles, a costume company in Hollywood, then mastering theatrical designs for Fanchon and Marco, producers of national live stage shows, and as head designer for the Ice Follies. Helen did costumes for musicals at 20th Century Fox until MGM snagged her away where she stayed for many years.

Creative Color Combinations and Luxurious Fabrics

Helen said the clothes had to move well with a woman. She was an expert at working with chiffon, a difficult fabric. She favored chiffon because of the way it moved and picked up light.

1Lana Turner The Bad and the BeautifulCyd Charisse Meet Me in Las Vegas

Esther Williams Jupiter's DarlingLauren Bacall Designing WomenLauren Bacall Designing Women

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The fashions are featured in the January 2019 issue of Palm Springs Life.

Read the Desert Sun Article on Helen Rose and see photos of her Trousdale Estate where she lived and held some of her fashion shows.

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