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Best Dressed

| April 8, 2014 | Parties National

The Party
Adding a competitive twist to the venerable museum’s annual Art of Fashion event, the Timken asked eight fledgling costumiers to create couture inspired by Thomas Gainsborough’s 1788 painting, “A Peasant Smoking at a Cottage Door.”

The Scene
The baroque Gainsborough painting is on loan to the Timken from the Hammer Museum at UCLA through April 6, and the connection with the Westwood campus informed the competitors’ selection. The evening’s designers—graduate students of the David C. Copley Center for the Study of Costume Design at UCLA’s School of Theater, Film and Television—displayed their works on dress forms throughout the gallery. Whimsical and rococo, the costumes and their creators gathered Champagne-sipping admirers, among them Lori and Bill Walton, alumni and avid Bruin boosters who were the evening’s hosts. Creating intrigue, designer Zandra Rhodes buzzed through the crowd flanked by members of her “pink list” adjudicating committee, which awarded scholarships to the top talents at the end of the night.

The Highlights
After a lavish dinner by Pamplemousse Grille, the black-tie guests saluted Adam Alonso and Caitlin Doolittle, who took the evening’s top honors. Hip hip! –Photography by J.Dixx


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