Have you ever wanted to spend an evening after hours in a museum? Last week, I had a very special evening when I attended The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Young Members Party. It was thrilling to get the opportunity to dress up in a festive cocktail dress and my designer shoes and spend the evening feeling connected to the arts and New York City. There was a definite “Night at the Museum” vibe when I was strolling through the empty galleries and was able to have my own private showing of the extraordinary paintings and sculptures. Several wings were open to the public, including the Charles James: Beyond Fashion exhibit. I couldn’t believe how lucky I was to view the gorgeous gowns while the museum was closed to the public. I was blown away by the exhibit and pleasantly surprised by the projections demonstrating how James crafted each piece. This was truly the highlight of my night. I had plans to view the exhibit, of course, but to be alone in the room without swarms of people made it a very special experience. If you haven’t had the chance to visit the show, you must! Charles James created works of art and the dying technique of couturier is a sight to behold.
For the party portion of the night, we took in the breathtaking sunset views of midtown and Central Park from the rooftop, enjoying the Dan Graham lyrical sculptures of curved steel and glass. Most of the guests congregated there while we sipped rose until the crowds made it unbearable. Ending the evening in the main entrance hall, my husband and I danced the night away to a band playing Gershwin and Porter. To say that I was on cloud nine is the understatement of the year! Alas, the clock struck midnight, the evening came to an end and I floated away with music still playing in my head. I don’t often attend such posh events, but now that I have gotten a glimpse of how the other half lives, I want more!
See images of the fabulous evening below!
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