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September 12th, 1997
'In Style Philadelphia' Leads Fashionable Tour Of Delaware Valley

To showcase the fabulous fashions of yesterday and today's cutting edge, the Philadelphia Museum of Art and The Plaza and The Court of King of Prussia have launched "In Style Philadelphia," a chic excursion package available from October 21, 1997, through January 4, 1998. "In Style Philadelphia" will include two tickets to Best Dressed: 250 Years of Style, an exhibition of historical and spectacular couture from the collections of the Philadelphia Museum of Art; the savings-filled King of Prussia Bonus Book; one night's accommodations for two (with complimentary breakfast and free parking) at one of 11 fine hotels; dining discounts at select restaurants when paying by American Express; and travel discounts offered by Budget Car Rental and Amtrak.

The Philadelphia Museum of Art and The Plaza and The Court of King of Prussia have developed "In Style Philadelphia" in cooperation with the Valley Forge Convention and Visitors Bureau (VFCVB) and the Greater Philadelphia Tourism and Marketing Corporation (GPTMC). For reservations and a visitors guide with map, call the VFCVB at 1 (888) 847-4883. Prices for the package range from $85.00 to $155.00 (costs vary by hotel).

Best Dressed: 250 Years of Style will be on view at the Philadelphia Museum of Art from October 21, 1997, through January 4, 1998. An international array of over 200 costumes and accessories will be featured in a breathtaking celebration of gala and ceremonial dress from the 18th century to today. Included will be masterpieces by the greatest luminaries of design: Worth, Elsa Schiaparelli, Charles James, Cristobal Balenciaga, James Galanos, Bill Blass, Christian Lacroix, Pierre Cardin, Geoffrey Beene and Issey Miyake, and many others. Among the highlights of the exhibition will be the 1956 wedding gown of Princess Grace of Monaco, shown for the first time since her wedding with dresses worn by her bridesmaid and flower girl.

The Plaza and The Court of King of Prussia is the "Crown Jewel of Retailing," offering more than 2.8 million square feet of shopping space and nine department stores, more than any other mall in the country. The Plaza and Court, which also feature 365 specialty shops and 35 restaurants, house some of the most respected names in retailing, including Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom, Macy's, Bloomingdales, Williams Sonoma, Pottery Barn, J. Crew and Tiffany & Co. Fortunately, clothing is still tax-free in Pennsylvania!While they are superb examples of photojournalism at its finest, Capa's images also have a timeless, universal quality that transcends the specifics of history. Away from the front line, Capa created portraits of his many friends, including actors Gary Cooper and Ingrid Bergman, writer Ernest Hemingway, and artist Pablo Picasso. Many of these insightful images are shown here for the first time.

The nearby Valley Forge area--highlighted by the Valley Forge National Historic Park, the nation's largest concentration of public gardens, more than sixty cultural and historic attractions, as well as an impressive mix of restaurants, hotels and inns--offers entertaining diversions for every interest and age group.

After a day spent strolling the galleries of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, shopping at The Plaza and Court of King of Prussia, exploring the Valley Forge landscape, and savoring delicious food in wonderful restaurants, visitors can look forward to being pampered in a fine hotel. Those participating in "In Style Philadelphia" are the Best Western, The Inn at King of Prussia; Devon Courtyard by Marriott; Fairfield Inn, King of Prussia; Hampton Inn, King of Prussia; Holiday Inn, Exton/Lionville; Holiday Inn, King of Prussia; Park Rideg at Valley Forge; Radnor Hotel; Shearer Elegance Bed & Breakfast; Valley Forge Courtyard by Marriott; and the Wayne Hotel.

The Philadelphia Museum of Art is Philadelphia's art museum. We are a landmark building. A world-renowned collection. A place that welcomes everyone. We bring the arts to life, inspiring visitors—through scholarly study and creative play—to discover the spirit of imagination that lies in everyone. We connect people with the arts in rich and varied ways, making the experience of the Museum surprising, lively, and always memorable. We are committed to inviting visitors to see the world—and themselves—anew through the beauty and expressive power of the arts.

For additional information, contact the Communications Department of the Philadelphia Museum of Art phone at 215-684-7860, by fax at 215-235-0050, or by e-mail at pressroom@philamuseum.org. The Philadelphia Museum of Art is located on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway at 26th Street. For general information, call (215) 763-8100.

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