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a new view on growing older

Caterina | Co-Creator


Posted on August 31, 2018 by Atria Senior Living


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Born in Palermo, Italy, Caterina worked for many years as an assistant seamstress to legendary legendary fashion designer Geoffrey Beene.

In 1967, she co-created a haute couture wedding dress for President Lyndon B. Johnson’s daughter, Lynda. To prepare for the final fitting, Caterina, Mr. Beene and three other assistants traveled to Washington, D.C., where they labored inside the White House for three days. Caterina finished the wedding gown on a sewing machine set up in the Lincoln Bedroom.

Caterina’s favorite Italian expression is “hai mangiato?,” which means “Did you eat?” She loves making pasta con sardi, pasta with sardines, for family and friends. Her secret to longevity is “working for many years and enjoying my work.”

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Photo by noted portrait photographer Mark Seliger 


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