The Whitney Museum Art Party

Last week the Whitney Museum hosted it’s 2010 art party, celebrating art and fashion. A silent auction and dance party benefiting the museums Independent Study program drew a crowd full of artists, actresses, models, and fashion designers alike.

Among the first celebrities and committee members to arrive was model Alek Wek:
Alek Wek
The always gorgeous Alek almost appears ageless in person.

Committee members:
Whitney Art Party Committee and Artists
Allison Aston, Sarah Brown, Lubov Azria, Brooke Neidich, Ellen Harvey and Joanne Leonhardt Cassullo.

Lubov Azria, wearing a BCBG dress modified by artist Liz Magic Laser:
Lubov Azria

VOGUE’s Sarah Brown, wearing a BCBG dress modified by artist Ryan Humphrey:
VOGUE's Sarah Brown

Joyce Azria:
Joyce Azria
Daughter of designer Max Azria, who’s company co-sponsored the event.

Committee member Christina Ricci wore a gorgeous cream colored Herve Leger dress, which she told reporters “took multiple people to zip her into”.
Christina Ricci

Christina Ricci & Lubov Azria
Christina and Lubov Azria.

A star since childhood, Christina seemed very sweet and down to earth with reporters:
Christina Ricci

The Misshapes
DJ’s The Misshapes

The Misshapes 2
At one point, Leigh was actually smiling!

Actress Eva Amurri arrived with fashion designer Chris Benz, who seemed a bit shy in front of the blinding flashbulbs:
Eva Amurri and Chris Benz

Eva Amurri
Wearing BCBG.

Committee member Maggie Grace:
Maggie Grace

Maggie Grace
Wearing a skirt hand-painted by artist Ellen Harvey.

Real Housewife of NYC Kelly Bensimon practically caused a photographer riot when she nearly flashed the crowd (due to her dresses wide arm holes).Kelly Bensimon

Kelly and designer Adam Lippes:
Adam Lippes & Kelly Bensimon

Fashion Designer Yigal Azrouel made a quick appearance:
Yigal Azrouel

The crowd went wild, nearly knocking me off of my step stool when event host Emilie de Raven arrived.
Emilie de Raven

I’ve been a fan of Emilie’s since her days on the WB’s Roswell, so it was great to see her adorableness in person. She looked ridiculously cute in her ballerina-esque BCBG blue dress and embellished headband.

Emilie de Raven

Emilie de Raven

One of the last arrivals was Ivanka Trump.
Ivanka Trump
Looking absolutely stunning, as always.

Ivanka Trump

After the arrivals, I made a quick spin through the party. The event took up two large rooms in a Mercer Street loft space, decorated to look like an outdoor garden by Bronson Van Wyck. Live performances took place in which artists transformed white fall 2010 BCBG dresses into works of art. I could have stayed and danced to DJ Paul Sevigny’s expertly curated mix of 70’s dance music with the event’s many guests. But I was exhausted after 3hours of photo taking, and anxious to go home and get out of my rained on ensemble. If you’re now looking forward to the Whitney’s 2011 art party, know you don’t have to be a celebrity or artist to attend! Tickets are sold to the public every year.

See the entire photo set here.

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  2. Now it makes sense–I totally remember Emile de Ravin from the days of Roswell. Dang. And Christina Ricci looks so glowy and gorgeous. Great portraits, Rachel!

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