MET COSTUME INSTITUTE’S WEST FEST: Couture collector Susan Casden hosted her annual Friends of The Costume Institute dinner in Los Angeles on Tuesday for curator Andrew Bolton in celebration of “China: Through the Looking Glass.” This year, Casden chose a themed location — Mr. Chow in Beverly Hills — to invite fashion lovers including Dita Von Teese, Jodi Lyn O’Keefe, Liseanne Frankfurt and George Kotsiopoulos to chat with Bolton. While he feared “beating a dead horse” Bolton said his favorite pieces in the exhibit are Yves Saint Laurent’s 1977 Chinese collection, the 2003 Dior Haute Couture collection designed by John Galliano and Tom Ford’s last collection for Yves Saint Laurent.
As for future Costume Institute exhibitions, Bolton said, “I’d love to do an exhibit with living designers — John Galliano, Rei Kawakubo, Azzedine Alaïa and Issey Miyake — but there was a policy at the museum that was put into place after the Saint Laurent show Diana Vreeland did in the Eighties where we don’t do shows on living designers.” Although they got around it by conceptualizing the Prada/Schiaparelli exhibit as a “conversation” between a living and dead designer. Bolton said he dreams of putting Alaïa and Kawakubo together. “To me they represent the opposite spectrum of the fashion landscape. Alaïa is almost fanatical about technique, and you have Rei, who’s all about concept,” he mused.