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Dallas Contemporary blazes new trail with white-haute inaugural gala

Dallas Contemporary blazes new trail with white-haute inaugural gala

Jodi Harris, Max Trowbridge
Jodi Harris, Max Trowbridge Photo by Kristi and Scot Redman
Erykah Badu
Erykah Badu Photo by Kristi and Scot Redman
Amanda Carter, Kristen Cole, Chioma Nnadi
Amanda Carter, Kristen Cole, Chioma Nnadi Photo by Kristi and Scot Redman
Richard Phillips, Mario Sorrenti, Nancy Rogers, Peter Doroshenko
Richard Phillips, Mario Sorrenti, Nancy Rogers, Peter Doroshenko Photo by Kristi and Scot Redman
Kaleta Blaffer Johnson, Kathryn Swain
Kaleta Blaffer Johnson, Kathryn Swain Photo by Kristi and Scot Redman
Erin Wasson, Al Tidwell, Fred Holston
Erin Wasson, Al Tidwell, Fred Holston Photo by Kristi and Scot Redman
Ebon Moss-Bachrach, Yelena Yemchuck, Ezra Petronio
Ebon Moss-Bachrach, Yelena Yemchuck, Ezra Petronio Photo by Kristi and Scot Redman
Francesco Clemente
Francesco Clemente Photo by Kristi and Scot Redman
Giovanni Testino, Mario Sorrenti
Giovanni Testino, Mario Sorrenti Photo by Kristi and Scot Redman
Megan Bowdon Wilkinson, Joey Wilkinson
Megan Bowdon Wilkinson, Joey Wilkinson Photo by Kristi and Scot Redman
Amber Testino
Amber Testino Photo by Kristi and Scot Redman
Ben Kweller
Ben Kweller plays the after-party. Photo by Kristi and Scot Redman
Jeny Bania
Jeny Bania Photo by Kristi and Scot Redman
Karen & Michael Bivins
Karen Bivins, Michael Bivins Photo by Kristi and Scot Redman
Dallas Contemporary gala 2019
The dance floor rocked at the after-party. Photo by Kristi and Scot Redman
Dallas Contemporary gala 2019
Food was provided by the Joule. Photo by Kristi and Scot Redman
Jodi Harris, Max Trowbridge
Erykah Badu
Amanda Carter, Kristen Cole, Chioma Nnadi
Richard Phillips, Mario Sorrenti, Nancy Rogers, Peter Doroshenko
Kaleta Blaffer Johnson, Kathryn Swain
Erin Wasson, Al Tidwell, Fred Holston
Ebon Moss-Bachrach, Yelena Yemchuck, Ezra Petronio
Francesco Clemente
Giovanni Testino, Mario Sorrenti
Megan Bowdon Wilkinson, Joey Wilkinson
Amber Testino
Ben Kweller
Jeny Bania
Karen & Michael Bivins
Dallas Contemporary gala 2019
Dallas Contemporary gala 2019

What: Dallas Contemporary S/S19 Gala

Where: Dallas Contemporary

The 411: Guests arrived at 161 Glass St. on April 5 for an opulent evening celebrating the best in contemporary art, photography, and fashion — and plenty of partying, too.

Presented by Headington Companies and Forty Five Ten, the inaugural gala was co-chaired by Forty Five Ten president and chief creative Officer Kristen Cole and DC board member and art collector Kaleta Blaffer Johnson. The event officially launched Dallas Contemporary’s spring exhibits.

As patrons, collectors, and creatives arrived, VIPs were met by photographer extraordinaire Yelena Yemchuck for their 15 minutes of fame — partaking in a Polaroid photo shoot. At her side, assisting with the activation was her partner, actor Ebon Moss-Bachrach.

Honorary co-chairs Mario Sorrenti, Self Service founder Ezra Petronio, and Dennis Freedman mingled among the crowd who wandered around the museum, taking in the exhibitions unveiled just for the occasion. The shows were "Mario Sorrenti: Kate" (featuring never before seen images of the fashion icon Kate Moss); "Self Service: Twenty-five Years of Fashion, People and Ideas Reconsidered" (a retrospective on Self Service magazine); and "Yelena Yemchuk: Mabel, Betty and Bette."  

At the entrance of the dining room, guests got an up-close look at the art pieces that intersected art and fashion, which would be up for auction — works with names like Karl Lagerfeld, Coco Chanel, and Peter Lindbergh attached. 

The chic coterie enjoyed dinner catered by The Joule and listened to Dallas Contemporary executive director Peter Doroshenko deliver inspired remarks about future plans for the museum. Supermodel Kate Moss' rumored appearance came via a pre-recorded video saying she was sorry she missed but encouraging all to enjoy themselves and to support the Dallas institution.

Bidding got fierce in the live auction presented by Christie’s — particularly for a trip to Guadalajara from José Noé Suro (the namesake of Dallas' Jose restaurant) — who surprised the crowd by donating a second trip so that two patrons would go home happy. Following the auction, guests jammed out to Texas singer-songwriter Ben Kweller as he performed some crowd favorites. 

Those who wanted to continue the revelry moved to an after-party in the back of the museum, which had been outfitted with velvet green lounge couches and a disco ball. They were met by after-party host, model-actress Erin Wasson, who took over the dance floor as DJ Luis Cerón kept the crowd moving and grooving. Partygoers could visit the full bar or caffeinate at a coffee station with all the accouterments, all while enjoying party foods like fried chicken sliders being passed on trays.

Who: The glamorous guest list included Erykah Badu, Kathryn SwainAmanda Carter, Chioma Nnadi, Al Tidwell, Fred HolstonFrancesco ClementeGiovanni Testino, Megan Bowdon Wilkinson, Joey WilkinsonRichard Phillips, Nancy Rogers, Amber TestinoJeny BaniaKaren Bivins, and Michael Bivins.