little black dress

BGSU conservation Archivist Eric Honneffer adjusts the couture dress created by Badgley Mischka for Oprah Winfrey. The dress will be auctioned at the University on April 14 as part of a 40th anniversary celebration at Jerome Library.

University Libraries celebrate 40th with auction of ‘little black dress’

What to wear to a special celebration in honor of 40 years of service and special collections at William T. Jerome Library? A little black dress would be the perfect fit, and for the occasion the library will be auctioning just such a dress—one originally owned by Oprah Winfrey.

A live auction featuring Winfrey’s “little black dress” will be part of the library’s 40th anniversary celebration, from 6:30-10 p.m. April 14 on the eighth floor of the library. The event will include dinner hors d’oeuvres, dancing to local swing band Hepcat Revival and a silent auction.

The program also will include remarks by President Sidney Ribeau and a performance by Eva Marie Saint Scholarship recipients.

The live auction of Winfrey’s dress is a continuation of a special fund-raiser that was started in October 2004 to raise money for her Angel Network Foundation.

The couture dress created for Winfrey by Badgley Mischka was bought by a North Carolina woman who wanted it to be shared by others and to benefit many. Each time the dress is purchased, it is under the condition that it will be auctioned again to raise money for another charity. From North Carolina, the dress traveled to Sylvania, where it was auctioned to benefit the Friends of the Lathrop House in January 2006. The successful bidder at the Lathrop House event has donated the dress to be auctioned at the University Libraries’ event. All proceeds from the event will benefit the libraries.

Tickets for the event and auction are $40, $75 or $125. Tables of eight may be reserved for $750. For ticket or event information, call the library at 2-2856. A limited number of tickets will be available at the door.

The event is part of the University’s Building Dreams Spring Celebration, commemorating the success thus far of the University’s $120 million fund-raising campaign. To date, more than $110 million has been raised to support University initiatives such as the Wolfe Center for the Arts, the BG Experience program, and faculty and staff leadership positions. The campaign runs through December 2008.

April 2, 2007