CULTURE

After Dark at the Frick Collection with Carolina Herrera

Photographed by Alex Hodor-Lee

After the downtown fracas at the Whitney Museum on Wednesday for the long-awaited opening of the institution’s risky, unapologetically political biennial, the art crowd headed to New York’s Upper East Side on Thursday for the Frick Collection’s annual Young Fellows Gala, once again hosted by Carolina Herrera. At this point, the designer likely knows the venue like the back of her hand—it’s also her go-to spot for her womenswear shows—but this time, Herrera changed things up with a special exhibition of sea-set paintings by J.M.W. Turner quite a contrast from last year’s disco theme. Turner-inspired clouds were projected on the ceiling over the night’s 600-plus guests, who wore Herrera’s gowns or else similar, floor-skimming designs as they wandered the museum and its courtyard sipping champagne, nibbling on lemon-curd tartlets, and taking plenty of selfies—all to support the arts, of course, and in blissful, carefree defiance of the threats Donald Trump brought against culture this week. See the festivities from up close, here.

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Inside the 2017 Frick Collection Young Fellows Ball at New York’s Frick Collection, in partnership with Carolina Herrera.

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Inside the 2017 Frick Collection Young Fellows Ball at New York’s Frick Collection, in partnership with Carolina Herrera.

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Inside the 2017 Frick Collection Young Fellows Ball at New York’s Frick Collection, in partnership with Carolina Herrera.

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Inside the 2017 Frick Collection Young Fellows Ball at New York’s Frick Collection, in partnership with Carolina Herrera.

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Inside the 2017 Frick Collection Young Fellows Ball at New York’s Frick Collection, in partnership with Carolina Herrera.

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Inside the 2017 Frick Collection Young Fellows Ball at New York’s Frick Collection, in partnership with Carolina Herrera.

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Inside the 2017 Frick Collection Young Fellows Ball at New York’s Frick Collection, in partnership with Carolina Herrera.

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Inside the 2017 Frick Collection Young Fellows Ball at New York’s Frick Collection, in partnership with Carolina Herrera.

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Inside the 2017 Frick Collection Young Fellows Ball at New York’s Frick Collection, in partnership with Carolina Herrera.

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Inside the 2017 Frick Collection Young Fellows Ball at New York’s Frick Collection, in partnership with Carolina Herrera.

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Inside the 2017 Frick Collection Young Fellows Ball at New York’s Frick Collection, in partnership with Carolina Herrera.

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Inside the 2017 Frick Collection Young Fellows Ball at New York’s Frick Collection, in partnership with Carolina Herrera.

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Inside the 2017 Frick Collection Young Fellows Ball at New York’s Frick Collection, in partnership with Carolina Herrera.

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Inside the 2017 Frick Collection Young Fellows Ball at New York’s Frick Collection, in partnership with Carolina Herrera.

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Inside the 2017 Frick Collection Young Fellows Ball at New York’s Frick Collection, in partnership with Carolina Herrera.

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Inside the 2017 Frick Collection Young Fellows Ball at New York’s Frick Collection, in partnership with Carolina Herrera.

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Inside the 2017 Frick Collection Young Fellows Ball at New York’s Frick Collection, in partnership with Carolina Herrera.

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Inside the 2017 Frick Collection Young Fellows Ball at New York’s Frick Collection, in partnership with Carolina Herrera.

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Inside the 2017 Frick Collection Young Fellows Ball at New York’s Frick Collection, in partnership with Carolina Herrera.

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Inside the 2017 Frick Collection Young Fellows Ball at New York’s Frick Collection, in partnership with Carolina Herrera.

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Inside the 2017 Frick Collection Young Fellows Ball at New York’s Frick Collection, in partnership with Carolina Herrera.

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Inside the 2017 Frick Collection Young Fellows Ball at New York’s Frick Collection, in partnership with Carolina Herrera.

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Inside the 2017 Frick Collection Young Fellows Ball at New York’s Frick Collection, in partnership with Carolina Herrera.

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Inside the 2017 Frick Collection Young Fellows Ball at New York’s Frick Collection, in partnership with Carolina Herrera.

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Inside the 2017 Frick Collection Young Fellows Ball at New York’s Frick Collection, in partnership with Carolina Herrera.

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Inside the 2017 Frick Collection Young Fellows Ball at New York’s Frick Collection, in partnership with Carolina Herrera.

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Inside the 2017 Frick Collection Young Fellows Ball at New York’s Frick Collection, in partnership with Carolina Herrera.

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Inside the 2017 Frick Collection Young Fellows Ball at New York’s Frick Collection, in partnership with Carolina Herrera.

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Inside the 2017 Frick Collection Young Fellows Ball at New York’s Frick Collection, in partnership with Carolina Herrera.

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Inside the 2017 Frick Collection Young Fellows Ball at New York’s Frick Collection, in partnership with Carolina Herrera.

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Inside the 2017 Frick Collection Young Fellows Ball at New York’s Frick Collection, in partnership with Carolina Herrera.

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Inside the 2017 Frick Collection Young Fellows Ball at New York’s Frick Collection, in partnership with Carolina Herrera.

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Inside the 2017 Frick Collection Young Fellows Ball at New York’s Frick Collection, in partnership with Carolina Herrera.

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Inside the 2017 Frick Collection Young Fellows Ball at New York’s Frick Collection, in partnership with Carolina Herrera.

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Inside the 2017 Frick Collection Young Fellows Ball at New York’s Frick Collection, in partnership with Carolina Herrera.

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Inside the 2017 Frick Collection Young Fellows Ball at New York’s Frick Collection, in partnership with Carolina Herrera.

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Inside the 2017 Frick Collection Young Fellows Ball at New York’s Frick Collection, in partnership with Carolina Herrera.

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Inside the 2017 Frick Collection Young Fellows Ball at New York’s Frick Collection, in partnership with Carolina Herrera.

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Inside the 2017 Frick Collection Young Fellows Ball at New York’s Frick Collection, in partnership with Carolina Herrera.

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Inside the 2017 Frick Collection Young Fellows Ball at New York’s Frick Collection, in partnership with Carolina Herrera.

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Inside the 2017 Frick Collection Young Fellows Ball at New York’s Frick Collection, in partnership with Carolina Herrera.