Young Fellows Ball

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Photo: Christine A. Butler

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Supporters of the Frick and their friends enjoyed a sumptuous evening at the annual Young Fellows Ball, now in its sixteenth year and one of the most highly regarded and widely covered social events of the New York season. This year’s A Dance at the Spanish Court, on Thursday, March 26, was sponsored by LANVIN. The event took its inspiration from the special exhibition Coypel’s Don Quixote Tapestries: Illustrating a Spanish Novel in Eighteenth-Century France.

Nearly 600 guests, many in red, black, or gold gowns with statement jewelry, and gem-studded accessories, filled the elegant Garden Court for cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, and danced in the Music Room until midnight to tracks spun by DJ Jason Fioto. They viewed the special exhibition and stepped back in time into the galleries that were once the private residence of Henry Clay Frick and his family.

Adding to the festive occasion were custom LANVIN LOVES THE FRICK COLLECTION fans that were distributed to guests on arrival. They were a perfect complement to the theme and could be seen in countless photo ops throughout the evening.

Dramatic visual design was created by L&M Lighting featuring imagery of slowly rotating windmills, which are strongly associated with the story of Don Quixote, projected at both ends of the grand Garden Court and on the ceiling of the Music Room.

Attendees enjoyed cava provided by Anna de Codorníu, wine provided by Raimat Chardonnay, and the evening’s specialty cocktail, the Belvedere Don Q, created with vodka provided by Belvedere. All received gift bags including products from Financier Patisserie, Tervis Tumbler Co., and the Frick’s Museum Shop.

Proceeds from the benefit provide essential support for the Frick’s education program, which serves New York City public schools in all five boroughs, and for the Frick Art Reference Library.