Fashion Tips its Hat to a Miami Landmark

  • MIAMI, Florida
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  • January 30, 2019

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Vizcaya's Preservation Luncheon (photo by
Vizcaya Museum and Gardens

On Tuesday, March 12, 2019, Vizcaya Museum and Gardens welcomes 350 of Miami’s most fashion-forward philanthropists to raise funds for the continued preservation of this National Historic Landmark at the 11th Annual Vizcaya Preservation Luncheon. The aptly-nicknamed “hat luncheon” celebrates art in its most relatable form – fashion – reflecting every element of the estate, from floral hats inspired by the gardens to avant garde pieces drawn from architectural lines.

The day kicks off with a cocktail reception starting at 11:00 a.m. followed by the luncheon on the East Terrace from 12:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. For James Deering ticket holders, the Après Fete takes place in the courtyard from 3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. featuring entertainment, lite bites and wine bar. Emcee for the luncheon is Emmy Award-winning reporter and news anchor Laurie Jennings of WPLG Local 10 News. The annual fashion contest will award the most fashionable attendees in three categories: Most Elegant Ensemble, Best Hat and Most Avant-Garde.


The 11th Annual Vizcaya Preservation Luncheon’s Co-Chairs are Eilah Campbell-Beavers, Swanee DiMare and Christy Martin. The committee includes Lourdes Almagro Araujo, Lesli Ann Brown, Daisy Casuso, Tatiana Columbus, Patty Diaz, Sonia Gibson, Linda Levy Goldberg, Ani Hernandez, Marile Lopez, Bronwyn Miller, Ariel Penzer Milgroom, Katharine Rubino, Candice Shanbron, Alexa Wolman and Suzy Buckley Woodward.

Sponsors for this event include Premier Sponsor David Yurman, Fashion Sponsor Neiman Marcus, DiMare Fresh, Frescobali Toscana, Liquore Strega, The Palm by Whispering Angel, SHAPOH.COM Fancy Hats & Fascinators, Shaw-Ross International Importers, Terra, ABC’s WPLG Local 10 News, Tito’s Handmade Vodka and Violets Flowers.

Tickets can be purchased online. Friends of Vizcaya tickets are $450 and James Deering tickets are $600, which includes exclusive access to the Après Fete. Tables of 10 guests are available starting at $4,500 for a Friends of Vizcaya table. James Deering tables are $6,000 and includes premier seating, two bottles of champagne service and exclusive entry to Après Fête following the luncheon (limited availability). For more information about the Preservation Luncheon, visit or email

IMAGES: Preservation Luncheon 2018 [Download Here]


Vizcaya Museum and Gardens
3251 South Miami Avenue
Miami, Florida
Vizcaya Museum and Gardens
About Vizcaya Museum and Gardens

Vizcaya  Museum  and  Gardens  is  a  National  Historic  Landmark  that  preserves  its cultural and environmental resources to engage people in connecting with the past, understanding the present and shaping the future.  Built  between  1914  and  1922 as the winter home of farming manufacturer James Deering, Vizcaya is  one  of  the  most  intact  remaining  examples  from  this  era  in  United  States  history,  when  the  nation’s  most  successful  entrepreneurs  built  estates  inspired  by  the  stately  homes  of  Europe.  Vizcaya  features  a  Main  House  filled  with  a  decorative  art  collection,  10  acres  of  formal  gardens,  a  rockland  hammock  (native  forest),  mangrove  shore,  and  a  historic  village  that  is  being  restored  to  tell  Vizcaya’s  full  story  and  provide  additional  spaces  for  programs  and  community  outreach,  including  those  on  agriculture.  Vizcaya  has  been  a  community  hub  since  it  opened  to  the  public  in  1953;  it  currently  welcomes  about  300,000  visitors  annually.    Located  on  Biscayne  Bay  at  3251  South  Miami  Avenue,  Vizcaya  is  open  Wednesday  through  Monday  from  9:30  a.m. to 4:30  p.m.  Closed Tuesdays, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas  Day.  For  more  information,  visit,  connect  via  social  media,  or  call  305-250-9133.

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