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Gayla Bentley Fashion Funeral
Gayla Bentley, in a hat once owned by Lady Walker, and Laura Beggins hosted a 'fashion funeral' to pay homage to things taken by Harvey. Photo by Clifford Pugh
Gayla Bentley Fashion Funeral Yves Swan Laurent
As the service ended, the Louis Vuitton duffel bag drifts away on Yves Swan Laurent, one of the few items saved in the flood. Photo by Clifford Pugh
Fashion debris from Harvey at Gayla Bentley home
Many of Gayla Bentley's beloved fashion belonging were taken by Harvey, but the designer, posing under lampshade, maintained a positive attitude. Courtesy photo
Gayla Bentley fashion funeral Coco
One of Gayla's favorite quotes from Coco Chanel was located in the putrid waters and saved. Photo by Clifford Pugh
Gayla Bentley Fashion Funeral with husband Russell
Gayla Bentley praises husband, Russell Bentley, for his support during Harvey. Photo by Clifford Pugh
Gayla Bentley Fashion Funeral saved photos
A friend located some of Gayla and Russell Bentley's photographs in the flooding and dried them out as keepsakes for the couple. Photo by Clifford Pugh
Gayla Bentley fashion funeral recovered possessions from Hurricane Harvey
Several of Gayla Bentley's and Laura Beggins' prized possession were saved from the flood and exhibited at the funeral. Photo by Clifford Pugh
Gayla Bentley Fashion Funeral Hermes program
On the back of each chair was a program with a different designer label on each one. Photo by Clifford Pugh