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Yolanda Cellucci, 2022. Photo by Chip Van Dyke/PEM

Models on a fashion runway, one in a bridal ensemble, held at the North Shore Music Theater, Beverly, MA, for the benefit of the American Cancer Society, Oct. 3, 1985. The event included comedian Joan Rivers and designer Bob Mackie as special guests. From the Yolanda Cellucci Papers, MSS 1871, Box 7, Folder 6, Item 1. Courtesy of Phillips Library, Peabody Essex Museum, Rowley, MA.

Peabody Essex Museum

Fashion & Design Cocktail Party

with Special Guest Yolanda Cellucci

Presented by Peabody Essex Museum, 

161 Essex St, Salem, MA 01970

May 11,  from 6:30 PM to 9:00PM





Celebrate the reopening of PEM’s Fashion & Design gallery with our newest fashion donor and special guest! In March, PEM unveiled more than 100 fresh works from the museum’s global fashion and textile collection, including nearly 40 recent acquisitions that spotlight the vibrant and flamboyant collection of Boston-based entrepreneur and doyenne of fashion Yolanda Cellucci. This reception will feature sweet and savory bites and specialty cocktails, along with live music.

Yolanda Cellucci entered Boston’s fashion scene in 1968, and her name is still synonymous with glitz and glamor. Her shop Yolanda’s in Waltham, Massachusetts, was a hotspot for lavish evening and wedding ensembles, style consultations, cosmetology services and a day spa — all under one roof. In 2021, she donated her collection of 57 works of fashion and accessories to PEM, along with archival photographs and materials related to the legacy of Yolanda’s.


The Peabody Essex Museum (PEM) is one of the fastest-growing art museums in North America. Founded in 1799, it is also the country’s oldest continuously operating museum. At its heart is a mission to enrich and transform people's lives by broadening their perspectives, attitudes and knowledge of themselves and the wider world. PEM celebrates outstanding artistic and cultural creativity through exhibitions, programming and special events that emphasize cross-cultural connections, integrate past and present and underscore the vital importance of creative expression.

Designs for cocktail dresses by Yolanda Cellucci

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