MAD's 1920s Gala was a roaring good time

May 22, 2014, 7:51 AM EDT
The atmosphere at MAD's 1920s-inspired "Bring Back the Ball" gala.
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NEW YORK – The Roaring Twenties were in full swing on May 19 in the Upper East Side as the art and fashion set celebrated the Museum of Arts and Design’s “Bring Back the Ball” gala, channeling a Great Gatsby vibe in sequined dresses and tuxedos, and making merry to live jazz by Dandy Wellington and His Band.

Setting the scene were a 1929 Ford Phaeton parked at the entrance of the party at the James Burden Mansion, a floating “paper moon” painted by Peter McGough, and an ice sculpture engraved with the museum’s newly designed Art Deco logo.

But the stars of the night were the lavish vintage clothes, worn by bold-faced attendees included actress Lake Bell, Scott Campbell, Indre Rockefeller, Sofia Sanchez Barrenechea, Lauren Santo Domingo, Andrew Bevan, Taylor Tomasi Hill, Zani Gugelmann, Max and Vanessa Snow, Lesley M. M. Blume, Zani Gugelmann, Bob Colacello, Lisa Salzer, Vito Schnabel and Gilles Mendel — all sipping on cocktails sponsored by Tanqueray TEN and Bulleit Bourbon.

Through an auction of lots by McDermott & McGough, Rirkrit Tiravanija, Andrew Brischler, Todd Pavlisko, James J. Williams III and Lindsey Adelman, a total of $145,000 was raised in support of MAD’s upcoming education and exhibition programs.

MAD is preparing for its next major exhibition, “NYC Makers: The MAD Biennial,” which spotlights the work of 100 skilled artists, designers, and fabricators.

To see some of the best-dressed guests at the party, click on the slideshow.

-- Michelle Tay