Dallas — “No one can be too much tonight,” said Brian Bolke, chairman and impresario of the 60th Arts Ball to benefit the Dallas Museum of Art.
Bolke, founder of Conservatory boutiques in New York and Dallas, played up the groundbreaking anniversary by encouraging the 350 attendees to wear Sixties Glamorous dresses and even emailed a mood board of contemporary fashion for inspiration.
Guests included Brandon Maxwell, interior designer Ken Fulk, beauty entrepreneur Edward Bess, artist Mickalene Thomas, actress Jamie-Lynn Sigler and Making the Cut Winner Andrea Pitter.
“I wanted to wear Balenciaga 1962, but if you wear something vintage and you’re vintage, it makes you look vintage,” said Becca Cason Thrash, who glittered in a seductive rodarte with sequins. “Vintage is for young girls.”
Principal sponsor Nancy Rogers wore a cluster beaded verdigris satin empire gown specially made for her by Jeremy Scott.
The Moschino creative director was the man of cocktail hour after supplying painterly fashions from his Picasso-inspired Spring 2020 collection to dress the porters, DJ and several models who posed for guests in living tableaux photo ops.
“I’m thrilled to be here and to be Nancy’s guest and to support the organization,” said Scott. “I’m from Kansas City, so I’m your neighbor. I like coming here because everyone is so friendly and sincere.”
Mary McDermott turned heads in a whimsical floral swing tunic and bell bottoms designed exclusively for her by longtime local designer Terri Camarillo Nytra.
“People don’t understand that this used to be a costume party,” said McDermott, whose late mother, Margaret, is the museum’s biggest benefactor. “The first thing I remember was ‘The Rites of Spring’.”
Fulk swam between the ladies, joked about a 15-year fling with thrash, and snuggled up to Christen Wilson with the comment, “Just call us the Dallas couple.”
“He makes our house,” Wilson chimed in, “and he knows I’m a minimalist and he’s a maximalist.”
Some of the women sported newly natural silver hair, while Bag Snob blogger Tina Craig had her long hair dyed red.
“I got divorced and I’m reinventing myself,” Craig said.
The vintage theme pervaded the menu, which opened with a scoop of caviar on onion dip served with potato chips, followed by beef pot pie and crudités on a silver platter reminiscent of TV dinners, and chunky banana pudding with Nilla waffles.
In his remarks, DMA Director Augustín Arteaga could not help but announce the upcoming exhibition “Cartier and Islamic Art: In Search of Modernity” which runs from May 14th to September 18th. The DMA organized it jointly with the Musée des Art Décoratifs in Paris and in collaboration with the Musée du Louvre and with the support of Cartier.
“It’s going to be beautiful,” Arteaga said. “This is going to be the most mind-blowing thing ever.”