The Gig of the Year

Is there an event that could guarantee our presence for two consecutive evenings? Yes, if hosted by Dior in Guggenheim.

The Guggenheim International Gala (#GIG2016), made possible by Dior, is the museum’s signature fundraising event that celebrates the Guggenheim’s yearly accomplishments and raises significant funds to continue the museum’s world-renown exhibition program. Featuring a seated dinner and honored guests, it is the most glamorous night at the museum.

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(Black-tie dinner, photo credit: guggenheim.com)

Gala’s pre-party was hosted on last Wednesday. It kicked off with a blow-out event that served as a precursor to the next evenings’ intimate black-tie dinner. The GIG represents a mix of fashion, art and music luminaries that, this year, mingled over flutes of Veuve Clicquot and miniature macaroons. The main artist this season was R&B star, Banks. The guests were all decked out in Dior (did you really expect otherwise?)

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(Pre-gala party, Banks performance, photo credit: vogue.com)

One of the few guests wearing a look designed by Dior’s new creative director Maria Grazia Chiuri, who presented her debut collection for the fashion house in September, was Banks. “I can’t believe I’m here wearing this dress,” she remarked onstage of the custom long pleated black tulle and lace dress she wore with a feathered headdress whose silhouette flickered against the concrete walls. Amidst the clothing, the performance and the selfie-primed backdrop, it could have been all too easy to overlook the artwork hanging on the walls: innovative yet spare geometric paintings in shades of black, white and gray by late artist Agnes Martin.

Those who paused to look a little deeper, though, would have been easily able to draw a connection between the artist, a pivotal figure in the male-dominated art world of the 1950s, and Grazia Chiuri, who is the first woman to helm the storied Parisian fashion house since its inception in 1946. Among those tuned-in — perhaps unsurprisingly — was Rachele Regini, the designer’s 20-year-old daughter, who looked at each image carefully while wearing a look from the feminist-focused runway collection that she in part inspired.

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(Maria Grazia Chiuri with Alexa Chung and Marion Cotillard, photo credit: vogue.com)

Raf Simons

(Raf Simons, photo credit: wwd.com)

2016 Guggenheim International Gala Hosted by Dior, New York, NY USA - 17 Nov 2016

(Valentino and Anne Hathaway, photo credit: wwd.com)

2016 Guggenheim International Gala Hosted by Dior, New York, NY USA - 17 Nov 2016

(Banks in Dior, photo credit: wwd.com)