Young Fellows Annouce TENTH Themed Ball "Les Liaisons Dangereuses" - Inspired by the Refurbished and Relit Fragonard Room With the Support of Monique Lhuillier, Ivanka Trump Fine Jewelry, and Roger Vivier

two women dressed in evening gowns, one in fuchsia, the other in white

Considered one of the most enchanting rooms in all of New York City, The Frick Collection gallery named after French eighteenth-century artist Jean-Honoré Fragonard (1732–1806) has inspired the romantic theme of the 2009 Young Fellows Ball. Featured in the room is the artist’s masterpiece, The Progress of Love, a series of panels commissioned by Madame du Barry, the controversial mistress of France’s King Louis XV. The cycle of love depicted takes viewers full circle, from approach/flirtation to meeting to consummation to reflection upon past love letters, and reverie. The clever invitation and the event title refer to Les Liaisons Dangereuses, a popular novel of the period by Choderlos de Laclos, wherein seduction and intrigue unfold through a series of letters. The keenly anticipated party will be held on Thursday, February 26, 2009, from 8:30 p.m. to midnight and is the tenth themed fundraising ball hosted by the Young Fellows of the Frick, an event named frequently (including this winter), by The New York Times as one of the top parties of the year. Tickets to past events—The Edwardian Ball, The Tartan Ball, Fête des Quatre Saisons, An Evening of Nouveau Glamour, Men’s Club, A Dance in the Golden Age, Tango and Tapas, The Hunt Ball, and Un Ballo in Maschera—have sold out quickly to supporters of the Collection and their guests. Hundreds of people are expected to attend this year’s party. Honorary Chairman Monique Lhuillier and Honorary Vice Chairman Ivanka Trump are joined by Chairmen Allison Aston, Byrdie Bell, Lydia Fenet, Joann Pailey, and Elisabeth Saint-Amand. Proceeds from the Young Fellows Ball provide essential support for education programs at The Frick Collection.


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