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Photography courtesy of Working Wardrobes

Nonprofit Working Wardrobes‘ held its Fashion for Breakfast event on July 11 for  its Smart Women and guests who enjoyed a morning of history, fashion and culture told through the eyes of guest speaker Sharon Takeda, senior curator of costume and textiles at Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA).

The event took place at Bowers Museum in Santa Ana where guests heard firsthand how major garments and accessories are woven into the fabric of history. Takeda has aided in acquiring a broad scope of textile and costume artifacts displayed at LACMA, which is internationally known for its fashion collection and the largest art museum in the Western U.S.

“Working Wardrobe’s Smart Women were enamored with Sharon‘s knowledge of fashion over time and how each piece is a commentary on a specific culture and time period,” said Jerri Rosen, founder and CEO, Working Wardrobes. “Sharon is someone who knows how fashion is integral to everyday life and is a natural fit for our Fashion for Breakfast and Working Wardrobes.”

At LACMA, Takeda oversees the museum‘s collection of prominent and historical textiles and apparel from various time periods around the world. A major highlight in her career was obtaining hundreds of key pieces from the 18th and 19th centuries from various European countries, including France and the Netherlands, demonstrating changes in silhouette over time. The first exhibition of the acquisition highlighted fashion‘s evolution from the Enlightenment to World War I and exploring cultural themes.

With other curators and fashion experts, Takeda featured the men‘s, women‘s and children‘s pieces of the exhibit in Fashioning Fashion: European Dress Detail, 1700-1915.

“I respect Working Wardrobes for motivating others to reach their professional goals, and Fashion for Breakfast is a great way to engage with an admirable organization and its supporters who share my sartorial passions,” said Takeda. “I enjoyed speaking with savvy, philanthropic men and women and supporting Working Wardrobes‘ programs to aid men and women in finding fulfillment and confidence.”

Fashion for Breakfast is a stylish series of quarterly events presented by Working Wardrobes. Each event – open to the general public, but included at no cost for members of Working Wardrobes‘ Smart Women initiative – features a presentation by a leading expert in design, costuming and retail.  In May, award-winning fashion designer, industry expert and celebrity stylist Kevan Hall was the keynotes speaker for the Fashion for Breakfast event that took place at Charlie Palmer at Bloomingdale’s South Coast Plaza.

The Smart Women membership group unites sophisticated women in support of Working Wardrobes‘ mission to provide life-changing career development and wardrobe services to men, women and young adults

overcoming challenges and major life crises. Smart Women not only receive complimentary premiere seats to each ―Fashion for Breakfast‖ event, but they also receive other appealing benefits such as shopping perks at South Coast Plaza.

Working Wardrobes, an independent nonprofit organization, empowers men, women and young adults who are overcoming life‘s challenges to transform themselves and confidently enter the workforce. Working Wardrobes offers career development, wardrobe and grooming services provided in an environment of dignity and respect. Since 1991, Working Wardrobes has served nearly 60,000 adults emerging from a wide spectrum of backgrounds, including welfare-to-work, alcohol and substance abuse,
domestic violence, transitional homelessness, catastrophic illness and traumatic financial losses.

Working Wardrobes‘ current board of directors (in order by last name), includes: Jim Auther, Studley, Inc.; Rikki Brown; Jeff Coats, Autobytel, Inc.; Anna Conrekas, US Bank; Mandi Dossin, DGWB; Michelle Duong, AM Solutions Group; Harold Eldridge; Jamie Evanoff, Ingram Micro; Jerry Justice, AS Group LLC/The Aspirations Institute LLC; Stephen Kelley; Darryl Martin, G4S Justice Systems; Dani Mayer, Darden Restaurants; Jerri Rosen, CEO, Working Wardrobes; Karen Rager-Takeda, Rager Resources
Group; Kim Shepherd, Decision Toolbox; Linda Smith, Union Bank; Libby Stockstill, Latham & Watkins LLP; and Anh Tran, Modern Wealth Advisors, Inc.