POP GOES PERRY: Lisa and Richard Perry opened up their Sutton Place penthouse on Tuesday night for a cocktail hour salon in the name of the Friends of the Costume Institute. The apartment, home to the couple’s immense collection of Pop Art, served as a conversation starter for Lisa Perry and Costume Institute curator Harold Koda, who discussed the influence of Lichtenstein and Warhol, et al., on fashion, and Perry’s own designs specifically, for a small crowd that included Iris Apfel, Linda Fargo and Jerry Lauren.
“The Sixties was a time of incredible turmoil and social upheaval,” Koda said, assessing the overall brightness of the works on display. “You reflect it in a small way in the library, but it’s not really present in the rest of the collection.”
“We talked about that from the get go,” said Perry. “As you know with my clothing, I like everything happy and upbeat. Everyone always says to me: ‘What are you on?’ I’m never on anything. I’m just that type of person. We wanted happy art. That was the criteria for everything we looked at. We wanted it to be happy and colorful and make you smile.”