Where: The Andy Warhol Museum, North Side.
Ready for Take-Off: Roughly 650 guests from all over the world entered The Warhol with their boarding passes ready. The jet-setting theme (complete with pilots and smartly dressed flight attendants) was inspired by the fact that roughly 12 million people worldwide have #seen Warhol’s work, said Eric Shiner, director of The Warhol.
Inspirational Andy: “Still after all this time, he is so influential. He inspires so many, year after year,” said Koichi Watari, who flew in from Tokyo with daughter, Yuu, just for this event. Mr. Watari owns several Warhol paintings and is the curator of Watari-um in Tokyo. “The thing is he inspired so many artists that I respect. His legacy will never die,” said Vito Schnabel, New York-based curator and art dealer.
Surprises: Gloria Gaynor wowed the crowd, getting the party started with her hit “I Will Survive” as disco dancers roused the guests from their seats. Co-chair Ann McGuinn and her husband, Marty McGuinn, pledged $500,000 to the museum, while Warhol’s last mystery time capsule sold for $30,000 during the live auction.
#Paparazzi: Cameras snapped around the VIPs as they schmoozed through the Halston exhibit, which had transformed the second floor of the museum. “Working with the Halston Foundation has been incredible. We’ve been rallying for this exhibit to happen for so long,” said co-chair Maureen Kerr. Famed photographer Patrick McMullan was #seen snapping photos of Vivian Benter (in Dior), Michele Fabrizi (in Balenciaga), Susan Block (in Catherine Malandrino) and Sarah Thomas (in Herve Leger). Jane Holzer, who arrived fashionably late during dinner, stopped to chat with Veronica Bulgari and Bob Colacello. Canadian society columnist Shinan Govani tweeted that he was ready for a #danceoff at #warhol20. Taking selfies were Tori Mistick and Tara Rieland in matching chain mail Alaia minis, while DJs AndrewAndrew kept people on their feet as the museum opened to the public at midnight.