Los Angeles Fashion Bash
Date of Show: October 14, 1976
Event was produced by Ray Aghayan on sound stage at Warner Bros.
by Marylou Luther
Chroniclers of L.A. social life say that Barbra Streisand is the only woman whose mere presence at a party insures its Group A status.
Her appearance at Tuesday evening's fashion show hosted by Mayor Tom Bradley, the City Council and the mayor's fashion advisory committee thus clinched the party's success for all 920 in the standing-room-only audience.
The funny thing was that Funny Lady Streisand wouldn't even have had to show up at the Burbank Studios Sound Stage 25 to receive her plaque from Mayor Bradley. The event would have still been Group A.
[ ... ] With the first appearance of Streisand to tout her new A Star is Born movie, the first airing of the film's theme song, “Evergreen,” and the first public showing of a film clip from the Barwood/Jon Peters movie due for December release, the show biz first probably outnumbered the design firsts.
[ ... ] As a surprise treat, three of Streisand's costumes from her upcoming film for Warner Brothers release were sneak-previewed. The Chinese coat costume, the pantsuit and the Art Deco beaded dress and coat costume are all either her own designs executed by seamstresses or things she sleuthed-out in thrift shops.
As she explained in response to Mayor Bradley's citation, “It was really fun to use some of my shmattes (rags) in the film. I still love those $20 Venice flea-market numbers.”
Her own flea-market number for the evening was a patchwork coat with each square embroidered in such noncelebrity signature as Dolores & Dad and Mause Evans.