It was truly an evening unlike any other.
On Friday, May 16, 2014, attendees of the Annual Phillips Collection Gala After Party at The Anderson House took its 1970’s “Glitter and Glam” theme to a whole new level. The gala was a celebration of The Phillips Collection and Made in the U.S.A, the most comprehensive presentation of the museum’s American art treasures in nearly 40 years.
All proceeds from the event support the Phillip’s award-winning education programs that provide learning experiences to more than 48,000 children, teachers, and families annually.
Dressed in their best 70’s-era apparel, the ladies donned an array of sparkling gowns in hues of gold, turquoise, hot pink, and lavender, while the gentleman kept it simple yet classic in sharp suits, cumber buns and bow-ties.
Upon entering The Anderson House, guests were met by a team of Yves Saint Laurent make-up artists who used some of the brand’s most versatile and luxurious products such as their Baby Doll Kiss and Blush; a two-in-one lip stain and liquid blush.
After receiving beauty tips from some of the best in the business, guests made their way into the ballroom, which was adorned with numerous chandeliers, a marble staircase and a reflective “glass dance-floor.” All night, guests boogied down to tunes by Prince, Michael Jackson, Cindy Lauper and Eurythmics to name a few.
Guests sipped on an array of cocktails at the ballroom’s open bar, and enjoyed passed hors d’oeuvres of sauteed veggies with ranch, assorted mini empanadas, and quiche. Next door in the dessert room, guests enjoyed a buffet-style stable serving baked alaska, black forest roulade, “trippy” tapioca pudding, “flower power” cookies, an mini carrot cakes.
To take a break from the hustle, guests made their way into a side room to enjoy a “Savory Crepes A La Minute” crepe station, where they could choose from chicken and wild-mushroom, spinach florentine, or seafood newberg crepes. An assorted gourmet popcorn station was also available for guests to enjoy and included dark chocolate, caramel, kettle corn, and cheddar flavored pops.
After enjoying the food stations, guests made their way to The Anderson House gardens where they were surrounded by a relaxing scenery of rose bushes, hammocks, a a serene lighted pond. A glass ceiling adorned with soft light fixtures floated overhead.
A silent auction was hosted by Paddle8, an auction house based in New York City that specializes in charity work. Guests utilized iPads to place bets on masterwork paintings.
For 92 years, the Phillips Collection has played a crucial roll in the development of the global arts and cultural institution as America’s first museum of modern art. The Annual Gala attracts more than 400 cultural, political, diplomatic, and business leaders to dine among the Phillip’s master art work.
Melissa Dornan, a member of the Annual Phillips Collection Gala host committee, invited her family and close friends to enjoy the magical night with her. “I just love the American theme,” said Dornan. “Phillips Collection does so much to help the development of art and culture, so I am glad we could bring it all back to the Anderson House.”