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Explore Palm Springs: Fashions in Furs

The New Year in 1950 began with a fashion show of furs by designer Maurice Gebbar at the Rossmore Hotel.

Renee Brown History

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The Rossmore Hotel in Palm Springs hosted a fashion event to start the year in 1950.

Four hundred fashionistas from around the Coachella Valley gathered on New Year’s Day, 1950, at the Rossmore Hotel in Palm Springs to be the first to see the Fashions in Furs collection presented by noted Hollywood designer, Maurice Gebbar.

Rossmore Hotel owner, Percy A. Ross, presented a 30-minute recital by violinist, Jan Rubini before the models paraded the collection of fur capes, jackets, stoles, bathing suits and even a rare chinchilla short coat valued at $10,000 down the runway.

The show was stolen by 6-year-old starlet, Gale Reed dressed in a cap, coat and muff of ermine. She was accompanied by her pet dog, Jackie, who modeled a coordinating canine mink jacket.

There is a multitude of ways to Explore Palm Springs, which turned 75 in 2013. One of the more intriguing methods is by exploring Palm Springs history.

The Palm Springs Historical Society will share a weekly story whose time and place corresponds with today.

The Palm Springs Historical Society is located at 221 S. Palm Canyon Drive.

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Explore Palm Springs: Fashions in Furs was last modified: January 4th, 2017 by Renee Brown