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British hipsters invade Houston: And you won't believe these chicks in go-go boots

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101 Meredith and Travis Hedemann, from left, Beverly Barrett and Michelle Mendenhall at the Blaffer Gala May 2014
Meredith and Travis Hedemann, from left, Beverly Barrett and Michelle Mendenhall. Photo by Chris Brown
95 Welcome Wilson Sr. and Joanne Guest Wilson at the Blaffer Gala May 2014
Welcome Wilson Sr. and Joanne Guest Wilson. Photo by Chris Brown
61 Cullen Geiselman, from left, Leslie Hull, Ryan Gordon and Claudia Schmuckli at the Blaffer Gala May 2014
Cullen Geiselman, from left, Leslie Hull, Ryan Gordon and Claudia Schmuckli. Photo by Chris Brown
107 Kaleta Blaffer Johnson, from left, Tracey Langfitt and John Blaffer Royall at the Blaffer Gala May 2014
Kaleta Blaffer Johnson, from left, Tracey Langfitt and John Blaffer Royall. Photo by Chris Brown
100 Penny Gregg, from left, with Gene and Meredith O’Donnell at the Blaffer Gala May 2014
Penny Gregg, from left, with Gene and Meredith O’Donnell. Photo by Chris Brown
31 Jo and Jim Furr at the Blaffer Gala May 2014
Jo and Jim Furr. Photo by Chris Brown
89 Kate Bialas, from left, Christie McCartney and Kim Lucas at the Blaffer Gala May 2014
Kate Bialas, from left, Christie McCartney and Kim Lucas. Photo by Chris Brown
75 Brett and Margo Hogan, from left, with Ryan Gordon at the Blaffer Gala May 2014
Brett and Margo Hogan, from left, with Ryan Gordon. Photo by Chris Brown
80 Claudia Schmuckli, from left, with Mark and Leslie Hull at the Blaffer Gala May 2014
Claudia Schmuckli, from left, with Mark and Leslie Hull. Photo by Chris Brown
79 Cullen Geiselman, from left, Maggie Vermillion and Laura Robertson at the Blaffer Gala May 2014
Cullen Geiselman, from left, Maggie Vermillion and Laura Robertson. Photo by Chris Brown
78 David and Estela Cockrell at the Blaffer Gala May 2014
David and Estela Cockrell. Photo by Chris Brown
74 Kris Stuart, from left, wth Tom and Barbara Solis at the Blaffer Gala May 2014
Kris Stuart, from left, with Tom and Barbara Solis. Photo by Chris Brown
70 Katherine and Rick Chambers at the Blaffer Gala May 2014
Katherine and Rick Chambers. Photo by Chris Brown
68 George Jackson, from left, Lauren Novak, Winnie Simmons and Nic Phillips at the Blaffer Gala May 2014
George Jackson, from left, Lauren Novak, Winnie Simmons and Nic Phillips. Photo by Chris Brown
65 Beau Miller, from left, Frances Marzio and Beth Madison at the Blaffer Gala May 2014
Beau Miller, from left, Frances Marzio and Beth Madison. Photo by Chris Brown
63 Beth Robertson, from left, with Steve Pearce and Barbara Robertson at the Blaffer Gala May 2014
Beth Robertson, from left, Steve Pearce and Barbara Robertson. Photo by Chris Brown
25 Emily Church, left, and Heidi Gerger at the Blaffer Gala May 2014
Emily Church, left, and Heidi Gerger. Photo by Chris Brown
45 Kim and Richard Lucas, from left, and Billy and Christy McCartney at the Blaffer Gala May 2014
Kim and Richard Lucas, from left, and Billy and Christy McCartney. Photo by Chris Brown
39 Staci and Quang Henderson at the Blaffer Gala May 2014
Staci and Quang Henderson. Photo by Chris Brown
101 Meredith and Travis Hedemann, from left, Beverly Barrett and Michelle Mendenhall at the Blaffer Gala May 2014
95 Welcome Wilson Sr. and Joanne Guest Wilson at the Blaffer Gala May 2014
61 Cullen Geiselman, from left, Leslie Hull, Ryan Gordon and Claudia Schmuckli at the Blaffer Gala May 2014
107 Kaleta Blaffer Johnson, from left, Tracey Langfitt and John Blaffer Royall at the Blaffer Gala May 2014
100 Penny Gregg, from left, with Gene and Meredith O’Donnell at the Blaffer Gala May 2014
31 Jo and Jim Furr at the Blaffer Gala May 2014
89 Kate Bialas, from left, Christie McCartney and Kim Lucas at the Blaffer Gala May 2014
75 Brett and Margo Hogan, from left, with Ryan Gordon at the Blaffer Gala May 2014
80 Claudia Schmuckli, from left, with Mark and Leslie Hull at the Blaffer Gala May 2014
79 Cullen Geiselman, from left, Maggie Vermillion and Laura Robertson at the Blaffer Gala May 2014
78 David and Estela Cockrell at the Blaffer Gala May 2014
74 Kris Stuart, from left, wth Tom and Barbara Solis at the Blaffer Gala May 2014
70 Katherine and Rick Chambers at the Blaffer Gala May 2014
68 George Jackson, from left, Lauren Novak, Winnie Simmons and Nic Phillips at the Blaffer Gala May 2014
65 Beau Miller, from left, Frances Marzio and Beth Madison at the Blaffer Gala May 2014
63 Beth Robertson, from left, with Steve Pearce and Barbara Robertson at the Blaffer Gala May 2014
25 Emily Church, left, and Heidi Gerger at the Blaffer Gala May 2014
45 Kim and Richard Lucas, from left, and Billy and Christy McCartney at the Blaffer Gala May 2014
39 Staci and Quang Henderson at the Blaffer Gala May 2014

With psychedelic lighting projections, Courrège lunettes and a canopy of polychromatic umbrellas, there was no mistaking the modernist zeitgeist that invaded the Blaffer Art Museum for its British-inspired hipster blitz.

"Ready. Steady. Go!," so titled after the 1960s television program with which music-loving Brits started their weekend, roused some 275 of the city's art cognoscenti to make a dandified entrance. Chicks came styling such fashions as go-go boots, jumper dresses and pillbox hats and studs arrived in black suits with mop-top dos in the manner of The Beatles.

While nibbling on light bites and polishing off plenty of bubbly, guests admired the remarkable collection of art that represented past, present and future exhibiting artists at the innovative gallery. Up for grabs via the silent auction were a series of fab four prints by Jo Ann Fleischhauer after her public art installation What Time Is It?, a stunning photograph by Anton Ginzburg and an ornate porcelain piece by Francesca DiMattio

The vintage Volkswagen slug bug bus restored as a photo booth? Now that's outta sight.

You could say that party chairs Cullen Geiselman, Ryan Gordon and Leslie and Mark Hull set a mood fitting to honor Joanne Guest Wilson and Welcome Wilson Sr. for their tireless support of the museum and the University of Houston community.

The seated dinner catered by City Kitchen (the heirloom tomato tartar with basil sorbet was a standout) offered a respite from the bidding that, with the generosity of sponsors such as Ballard Exploration Co., McGovern Foundation, Gensler, Saint Cloud, Saks Fifth Avenue, Bentley Mills and ACS Flooring Group, tallied upwards of $300,000.

Partying with director and chief curator Claudia Schmuckli were Renu and Suresh Khator, Cornelia and Meredith Long, Beth Madison, Kathrine G. McGovern, Sallie Morian and Michael Clark, Beth Robertson, Dean Putterman, Lillie T. Robertson, Louisa Stude Sarofim, Jo and Jim Furr, Meredith and Travis Hedemann, Katherine and Rick Chambers, Emily Church, Heidi Gerger, Kim and Richard Lucas and Billy and Christy McCartney.

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