This will be a wonderful opportunity to meet the designer and see her creative designs. Her family and artistic background have given her a unique perspective, which can be seen in each of her exceptional pieces.
Sissy Yates was born in Washington D.C. Her mother was the Reagan White House Social Secretary, while her father was a reporter for The Washington Post. Her sister, “It’s Complicated” actress Ali Wentworth, is married to George Stephanopoulos, White House Communications Director for President Clinton and current anchor of Good Morning America. Her father-in-law is Mike Wallace of 60 Minutes fame.
While working for The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the aspiring designer got to study the museum’s vast collections of Asiatic and Oriental jewelry, and her fascination with exotic gemstones was born. She launched her eponymous jewelry collection, Sissy Yates Designs, in 2007.
Sissy Yates Designs is a tightly edited collection of earrings, necklaces and bracelets made with exquisite semi-precious stones sourced from around the world. Inspired by her work at the Met, and by her childhood travels to the beaches of Cape Cod, the Caribbean, Europe and Mexico, Sissy is fascinated with the rich colors and the translucent qualities of rare stones such as opal, topaz, kyanite, labradorite, chalcedony, turquoise, mother-of-pearl, coral and lapis. She incorporates these stones into her colorful designs, creating versatile pieces that are equally suited to Washington power lunches, casual New York City brunches, and special Boca Grande events.
Sissy's jewelry is routinely worn by Hollywood celebrities, TV personalities, political figures, journalists and Washington socialites including; Joy Behar, Katie Curic, Mariska Hargitay, Gayle King, Debra Messing, Robin Roberts, Lara Spencer, Jessica Seinfeld, Ali Wentworth and Oprah Winfrey.
Sissy Yates Designs has been featured in the country’s top fashion magazines such as O, The Oprah Magazine, in addition to Washington Life, Capitol File and The Washington Post.
The brand has also made appearances on national TV shows, including The Oprah Winfrey Show, The View and Good Morning America. Sissy lives in Washington D.C. with her husband and their three children.
The library cordially invites everyone to come to the garden of the library for refreshments and an opportunity to welcome Sissy Yates to Boca Grande on Thursday, March 22.
For more information, please call the library at 964-2488.
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