Honoree 2014 – Dalene Jordaan

We are so proud of Dalene, Thank you for being such an important part of what we do everyday.

2015 Spirit of Volunteerism Awards

Congrats to Dalene Jordaan   for being honored as an outstanding community volunteer!

Jordaan_DaleneName:  Dalene Jordaan

Nominating Organization:  Assistance League of Irvine     

Honoree Category:  Human & Community

Why Nominated:  Dalene Jordaan has shared her many talents as a member of the Assistance League of Irvine for five years.  Enthusiastic, professional, and highly organized, Dalene has been a team leader in the Thrift Shop and in 2010 headed up the Christmas Boutique.  Two years ago Dalene accepted responsibility as a Co-Manager of the Thrift Shop specializing in the organization and operation of the Sales Floor of the shop.  No grass grows under Dalene’s feet.  She always has a smile and is constantly thinking of new ideas to improve the appearance and quality of the sales floor and its operation.  Dalene has worked relentlessly with her Co-Managers, members and team leaders to create a friendly but professional atmosphere in…

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The Vintage Dress

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I just went to an exhibit at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art called, “Diane Von Furstenberg:  The Art of the Dress.”  This exhibit, which runs until April 1, 2014, celebrates the 40th anniversary of Von Furstenberg’s iconic “wrap dress.”  200 examples of the dress, both vintage and modern, are on display, along with artwork, photos, and other memorabilia.

Those of us of a certain age remember this as “The Dress” in the 70’s.  Everyone had one.  The Wrap Dress had bold colors, geometric prints, cleavage – and you could wash it.  No more shirtwaist dresses with Peter Pan collars – the wrap dress was sophisticated, modern, and In.  (And according to one of the old advertisements on display, it only cost $80, which seems unbelievable nowadays.)

Going to a show like this brings back instant memories and makes us realize why certain items are timeless.  I often have the same reaction at the thrift store when I see a piece of vintage clothing, housewares, or toys.  There’s a reason people are still buying classic sweaters, CorningWare casserole dishes, and Monopoly games.  They worked for our lifestyles back in the day, and they work now.

If you’re going to be in Los Angeles this month, check out this exhibit, which is in the old May Company building at 6067 Wilshire (LACMA West).  If you’re not going to be in Los Angeles, check out the ALI thrift store for your vintage fix!

– Marta, ALI Volunteer