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On Saturday, October 6, The Bacardi Women in Leadership initiative hosted a “Bacardi Night of Art & Fashion” at the American Museum of the Cuban Diaspora. The evening served as the official kick-off celebration for the 25th anniversary of Dress for Success Miami.

Guests were the first to preview pieces from the “Celia Forever” exhibit. VIP guests further indulged their senses in a private cognac, whisky and cigar lounge hosted by Bacardi brands and attended an exclusive fashion show featuring a Rene by RR collection, from famed Cuban fashion designer and Miami International University of Art & Design alumnus, René Ruiz. The fashion show was produced by Charlene Parsons, director of the Fashion Department at Miami International University of Arts & Design.

After the runway show, guests then gathered on the museum’s rooftop terrace for live music, passed hors d’oeuvres, sweet treats by Unique Designer’s Cake and witnessed a live mural painting come to life by Ecuadorian artist Alejandra Estefania.

Throughout the evening, the museum gave away tickets to the star-studded opening night of the new exhibit, along with museum passes and merchandise. Guests had the opportunity to bid on the silent auction and try their luck at a raffle.

The evening raised $14,000 for Dress for Success Miami. See the full photo album on Facebook >