From Sea to Shining Sea
Celebrating American Woman in Los Angeles
The Metropolitan Museum, that quintessential New York institution, received a little West Coast love last night: Cameron Silver and Susan Casden hosted a dinner in honor of Andrew Bolton, curator of the Met's American Woman exhibition, at L.A.'s José Andrés restaurant The Bazaar. "I love the Met so much that I flew in from New York today before going back in 24 hours," said Silver. "I'm going to eat carbs tonight." There certainly was plenty of food on offer—Andrés, of course, is famous for his molecular gastronomy—but Rodarte's Kate and Laura Mulleavy, Eva Chow, Peggy Moffitt, and the legendary designer James Galanos, among others, were more interested in talking fashion than deconstructing "organized" Caesar salad and boneless chicken wings.
Artist Kimberly Brooks, who recently painted a group of stylists, costume designers, and other style makers (Silver included) for her show The Stylist Project, recalled her private tour of American Woman in New York. "I was so moved by Andrew's exhibition. It was an emotional experience," she said. "The evolution of women's independence [it depicts] is profound." After dinner, guests had a chance to meet with the man of the hour, who had a few observations on the crowd. "When I'm in L.A., I notice that women are much more avant-garde and conceptual in the way they dress," said Bolton. "The fashion is much more extreme than in New York." Don't tell Katy Perry and her LED lights that.