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School of Frock

| April 20, 2015 | Parties

The beloved Art of Fashion takes it to the next, next level.

Art and fashion collided during the Timken Museum of Art’s annual gala in Balboa Park, where Dame Zandra Rhodes served as the honorary chair.

Academy Award-nominated costume designer Deborah Nadoolman Landis led a passionate presentation about the world of costume design. Guests included Lori M. Walton and her sister Betty Walker; Sally and John Thornton; Claire Reiss; Judith Harris and Dr. Robert Singer; and Joye Blount, co-chair of the museum’s 50th anniversary event. Also in the house was Alex Yanez, our fave style adviser from Neiman Marcus.

The event, which also doubled as the museum’s big 5-0 soiree, featured dress designs inspired by Claude-Joseph Vernet’s 1749 “A Seaport at Sunset,” from the Timken’s collection. More than 200 people came out to see the couture creations dreamed up by grad students from the UCLA School of Theatre, Film and Television’s David C. Copley Center for the Study of Costume Design. Guests enjoyed cocktails and bites as well as an opulent candy bar in shades of pink, an homage to Rhodes’ signature coiffure. The midcentury museum, founded in 1965, offers 26 educational programs. Bonus: It has the only Rembrandt painting on public display in San Diego. -Photos by Tim Hardy,


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