Impossible Is Something
For the fourth year running, Susan Casden, Cameron Silver, and the West Coast Friends of the Costume Institute welcomed Harold Koda to L.A. to celebrate the Institute's latest exhibition. This year, of course, it's Schiaparelli and Prada: Impossible Conversations. At the Beverly Hills Hotel last night, Koda, the curator in charge of the exhibit, was keen to point out how Schiaparelli in particular resonated with Los Angeles culture. "There's this sense that the most provocative designs of the most deliberately transgressive designer in the 1930's really found fruit here because of the glamour of Hollywood and the silver screen. And when people dress here, it's the opportunity to make a statement—the chance to dress up." He also seemed pleasantly intrigued by the differences in dress between his east and left coast patrons. "As opposed to what happens in New York, where there is almost a tribal consensus about what to wear, this is so much more individualistic."
Rudi Gernreich muse Peggy Moffitt, Dita Von Teese, and Rose McGowan were among the individuals in the crowd. Michelle Monaghan, who was too busy shooting her latest film to attend the Met gala last month, used the evening as an introduction to the show. "Miuccia is so avant-garde as far as Italian designers go, and she thinks outside the box—she's unique that way. I'm excited to get back to New York in a month and get to see the exhibit then."