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The Detroit Yacht Club to Host "Cruise Thru The Decades: A Fashion Show"

A Benefit for the Detroit Yacht Club Foundation

DETROIT, March 6, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Detroit Yacht Club, one of the oldest private boating and social clubs in North America, announced today that its members will host "Cruise Thru The Decades: A Fashion Show" on April 6, 2013 from 11:00 am - 4:00 pm at the DYC Clubhouse on Belle Isle in Detroit.

The Event highlights:

  • Unique Exhibit of Ten Decades of Design in Fashion, Automobiles and More
  • Runway Fashion Show
  • Shopping at Specialty Vintage Stores, Boutiques, and Jewelry Artisans
  • Luncheon with Cash Bar and Live Entertainment
  • Located at the Historic DYC Clubhouse, One Riverbank Dr. (Belle Isle), Detroit, MI
  • Saturday, April 6, 2013, 11am4pm
  • Public Welcome, RSVP to 313-824-1200 or through for DYC members
  • $45 per person, credit cards accepted

The event will be anchored by an exhibit displayed in the club's Peacock Alley entitled "Fashion and The Automobile: An Exhibit In 10 Eras."  Using original vintage clothing and automotive art, the unique exhibit will provide an entertaining look at how the past ten decades of clothing and automotive design have served as the inspiration for present-day clothing fashions. 

The exhibit journey will begin in the 1800's with the dawn of the automobile and Christopher Columbus Smith (Chris Craft)'s first boat.  Guests will encounter intriguing fashion U-turns as they go through the decades as "what's old becomes new again".  A luncheon at noon, with live entertainment by "Barry Alan presents 'Dean & Frank'", and a cash bar will be held in the clubhouse's elegant ballroom, followed by a runway fashion show at 1 pm.

"Our goal is to tell an exciting and fun story of how past design trends have influenced current fashion, demonstrated through both the vintage exhibit of clothing and automotive art, and our runway fashion show," said Patty Schmitz, Event Chairperson and First Lady of the Detroit Yacht Club. "Working together with our sponsors and vendors, we've created an exciting and unusual event that allows our guests to experience the evolution of fashion design by referencing our own community's unrivaled automotive history, and the DYC's own boating heritage.   April 6 will be a fun and informative day of great fashion, food, shopping, and prizes while we celebrate fashion, design and our own region's history.  We hope all with a love of fashion and history will join us."   

The DYC will host more than 20 specialty vintage shops, boutiques, jewelry artisans, and more in its beautiful Fountain Room, providing shopping opportunities from 11:00am4:00pm continuous.  

Open to the public, advance registration for the luncheon and fashion show is required by March 25, 2013 at $45 per person. No tickets will be available at the door unless prior arrangements have been made. Registration may be made by calling the club reception desk at 313-824-1200, or through for DYC members.

"Cruise Thru The Decades: A Fashion Show" is made possible thanks to the event's sponsors.  The Main Raffle Prize is sponsored by Caesars Windsor Casino.   Event Clothing Partners are led by J.McLaughlin/Birmingham;  Marguerite's Boutique/West Bloomfield;  Men's Wearhouse/Grosse Pointe;  Trends In Fashion/Sterling Heights; Franklin Village Boutique/Franklin.

Net proceeds from the event will be donated to the Detroit Yacht Club Foundation, a non-profit organization established in 2011 to support the preservation and restoration of the historic DYC clubhouse, and to facilitate educational opportunities that celebrate the historic nature of the Detroit Yacht Club. Designed by noted architect George Mason and completed in 1922, the DYC clubhouse is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and stands as one of the Midwest's finest examples of Mediterranean Revival architecture. The clubhouse ranks as the largest yacht club structure in the United States and is one of Detroit's most distinguished buildings.  For more information about the Detroit Yacht Club Foundation, donor information, or to arrange a tour for your group, please contact the Foundation at (313) 757-5240, email [email protected], or visit on Facebook at  Donations to the DYC Foundation may be made by credit card at

About the Detroit Yacht Club
The Historic Detroit Yacht Club, founded in 1868, is one of the oldest private boating and social clubs in North America.  Dedicated to providing a variety of outstanding dining, social, recreational, and boating programs for members, families and guests, the DYC offers a wide range of elegant and casual dining options, full catering and conference services, and various leisure, health and fitness and social amenities.  The club's harbor facilities and service have been voted the Best in Detroit and rank among the finest on the Great Lakes.  For more information about the Detroit Yacht Club or to inquire about using the club's facilities for your event, please contact the club at 313-834-1200 or visit

SOURCE Detroit Yacht Club Foundation

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