Today is August 19, 2016, which means NorthPark Center is officially 51 years old. Over the past year, we have celebrated such an important milestone in several ways. We are so appreciative of all the support and love we have received, and look forward to 50 more amazing years of providing Dallas with the best shopping, art and programming.
Take a look back with us at all the community activities, fashion shows and philanthropic efforts that were the hallmarks of our 50th year.
On this day one year ago, NorthPark announced NorthPark50: Fifty Years of Giving at a special anniversary press conference held in NorthCourt under Mark di Suvero’s soaring Ad Astra sculpture. The audience included members of the media and representatives from each of the 50 organizations involved in this groundbreaking philanthropic effort. The supreme goal of Fifty Years of Giving was to inspire the community to give back and follow in our efforts to give back to 50 organizations over the course of 50 days.
For Susan G. Komen Dallas County, NorthPark provided 2,000 copies of By Her Side: Standing by Your Partner Through Breast Cancer Therapy and makeovers, NorthPark Gold, and gifts from NorthPark retailers to ten breast cancer survivors at the 2015 Race for the Cure.
Bookmarks, a dallas public library, received seven Kindle Fire HD’s loaded with 5,000 kid-friendly titles and a party in NorthCourt with Fancy Nancy author Jane O’Connor on October 17, 2015.
We would be remiss if we did not celebrate 50 years without throwing a big birthday party! Fifty Years of Excellence took place on Saturday, August 22, 2015, and included all kinds of fun activities for the whole family. One of the most popular attractions was the resurgence of the Balloon Girls, a NorthPark tradition from the 70s and 80s. Many NorthPark retailers took the stage for a special back-to-school fashion show in NorthCourt, including Macy’s, Nordstrom, Banana Republic, Peek…Aren’t You Curious and more. The day ended with plenty of birthday cake from Bread Winners Café and Bakery, shared with the Nasher-Haemisegger family and the community. (PS – we are having another back-to-school fashion presentation on Saturday! Click here for more details.)
Saturday, August 22 also marked the opening of the Art Meets Fashion: 1965-2015 exhibition, created in partnership with the Texas Fashion Collection at the University of North Texas. This celebratory exhibition featured specific examples of dress that were chosen to reflect the synergy between art and fashion during the past 50 years. Twenty-nine breathtaking pieces of clothing dotted the corridor between Neiman Marcus and Nordstrom until January, and was a hit among NorthPark shoppers.
At NorthPark, we provide the best retailer mix in the Southwest, so we were proud to present our luxury collection with Fifty Years of Fashion. On October 9 and 10, 2015, luxury brands like Mulberry, Roberto Cavalli, Neiman Marcus, Salvatore Ferragamo and more took the runway in their newest fall fashions. A special, VIP trend event hosted by Avril Graham, the Executive Fashion and Beauty Editor of Harper’s Bazaar, was a highlight of the weekend.
One of the most memorable events during NorthPark’s 50th anniversary was an outdoor concert with the entire Dallas Symphony Orchestra. On October 17, 2015, over 2,000 people gathered in CenterPark Garden to hear Music Director Jaap van Zweden conduct the symphony in a rousing performance of Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony. We are so thrilled to make this wonderful event into a NorthPark tradition – the DSO will be back this year on Saturday, October 15 at 7PM!
Thank you so much for following along and celebrating with us this year! Here’s to 50 more fabulous years of style, Dallas.
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