Tuesday, November 21, 2023

Palm Beach Endless Summer – Grand Opening Reception

Featuring  Palm Beach Resort Wear

Where Winter Comes to Summer

Endless Summer Reception

This season the Richard and Pat Johnson Palm Beach County History Museum presented its first-ever Grand Exhibition. Endless Summer explored the impact Palm Beach made on resort fashion over the last 129 years, as it solidified itself as one of America’s premier luxury destinations, "where winter comes to summer". 

In this top fashion hub, brands such as Gucci, Chanel, Philip Hulitar, and St. John, as well as iconic fashion influencers such as Jacqueline Kennedy, Lilly Pulitzer, and others adopted fresh new looks, ingenuity, and a philanthropic spirit.

A grand exhibition deserves a grand opening! In celebration of Endless Summer: On the evening before its public opening, the Historical Society of Palm Beach County hosted an opening reception.


The Photo Wall

Wow, this was a fun evening with about 250 in attendance. The weather was perfect for an indoor / outdoor (tent) event in downtown West Palm Beach. It was held at the Palm Beach County History Museum housed in our restored early 1900's County Court House. 

All the beautiful people were in attendance with every  type of dress from cocktail to long evening gowns. Many of the dresses were over-the-top beautiful, showing up the historic gowns on display.  The Tease - Palm Beach Illustrated Magazine used this event to find models for upcoming covers, so many models were in attendance, auditioning.

I don't think I made the cut?  

Palm Beach has been a resort wear, "must-be-seen" venue of over a 100 years. Historically, many designer of the past staged elaborate fashion shows during the Palm Beach resort season at our hotels. Current designer (some living in Palm Beach) contributed their latest designs for this evening's event. Amazing how the draping of fabric has not change over the years; elegance always rules!

There was champaign, cocktails, live music, dancing, fashion displays, guided tours, and videos showing the influence that Palm Beach has garnered on resort and event wear.  Everyone was taking photos and this was a prominently female event. it was so much fun to be in attendance at such a beautiful display of feminine, historic and live beauty. 

Current Lilly Pulitzer fashions 





  1. Looks like it was an amazing event Rhonda! I would love to go to something like that to rock a nice cocktail dress and heels! Lauren

    1. Absolutely concur with previous comment and would consider attendance at such an event as truly wonderful and obliviously super special. Such friend. Where does one sign up. You are fortunate and I am sure a few of us have a justifiable case of girl envy. GO MISS RHONDA..
      Respectfully Marie Anne