“I’m doing well tonight with my garb,” joked Dorothy Kosinski, director of the Phillips Collection, at the museum’s annual gala Friday night. Fashion and handbag designer Reed Krakoff, one of the gala’s honorees, outfitted not only Kosinski, but also gala chair Mariella Trager and Phillips trustee Linda Lichtenberg Kaplan. Of the trip to Manhattan for her personal fitting, Kosinki noted, “It’s not my ordinary day.” It wasn’t your ordinary night either.
Washington luminaries such as Christine Lagarde, managing director of the International Monetary Fund, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), and philanthropists Mark and Sally Ein dined at elegantly arranged tables that were as expressionist as the American masterworks hanging around them. A rarity in a rarefied world. “We own all the art,” said museum chairman George Vradenburg by way of explanation. Guests were next headed across Massachusetts Avenue to the Anderson House — a throwback to the gilded age — for a 70s-themed after-party complete with butterfly collars, sequined dresses and one Afro wig.
Gala chairs Michael and Mariella Trager with their son, Alexander, and Mrs. Trager, Michael’s mother, as well as Mitch and Emily Rales. (Pepe Gomez)
The Phillips annual gala cocktail reception in the museum’s courtyard. (Pepe Gomez)
Christine Lagarde, managing director of the International Monetary Fund, with designer Reed Krakoff, one of the evening’s honorees, at the Phillips annual gala. (Courtesy of Barbara Martin)
The Phillips annual gala. (Pepe Gomez)
The Phillips Collection gala’s after party at the Anderson House on Friday night. (Photographer Pepe Gomez)
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