Best Ball Gowns

MFAH Grand Gala Ball brings out the best in black and white gowns: Here are a few of our faves


News, Shelby, MFAH gala gowns, Oct. 2015 Lynn Wyatt with Peter Copping
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News, Shelby, MFAH ball gowns, Oct. 2015, Lynn Wyatt gown
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News, Shelby, MFAH gala gowns, Oct. 2015 Sue Smith in Tom Ford
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News, Shelby, MFAH gala gowns, Oct. 2015 Diane Lokey Farb, Valentino gown, Fendi fur
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News, Shelby, MFAH gala gowns, Oct. 2015 Nidhika Mehta in Naeem Khan
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News, Shelby, MFAH gala gowns, Oct. 2015 Phoebe Tudor in Marchesa
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News, Shelby, MFAH gala gowns, Oct. 2015 Margaret Williams in Carolina Herrera, Nancy Kinder in Rueben Singer
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News, Shelby, MFAH gala gowns, Oct. 2015 Sultana Mangalji
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News, Shelby, MFAH gala gowns, Oct. 2015 Isabel David in Olivier Theyskens
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News, Shelby, MFAH gala gowns, Oct. 2015 Susan Sarofim in Naeem Khan, Sarah Ferguson in Max Mara
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News, Shelby, MFAH gala gowns, Oct. 2015 Hannah McNair, Joanna Marks, both in Chanel
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News, Shelby, MFAH gala gowns, Oct. 2015 Soraya McClelland in Bibhu Mohapatra
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News, Shelby, MFAH gala gowns, Oct. 2015 Lucinda Loya
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News, Shelby, MFAH gala gowns, Oct. 2015 Jo Furr in Jessica McClintock
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News, Shelby, MFAH gala gowns, Oct. 2015 Hallie Vanderhider in Pamela Roland, Fady Armanious in Tadashi
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Unquestionably, Lynn Wyatt was the belle of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston Grand Gala Ball. Not only did she lead the museum to record ball proceeds of more than $2 million, she also had the designer of her elegant white lace gown on her arm.

Peter Copping of Oscar de la Renta was one of Wyatt's guests at the trés glam gala. He designed the haute couture gown just for her "Black and White" ball, an effort of perfection that required, Lynn allowed, at least six fittings. Well worth the effort!

Every lady in the gathering of close to 500 dressed in either black, white or a combination. And what an amazing turnout of designer fashion we saw.

Lynn Wyatt accepts her "Black and White" birthday cake from City Kitchen, allowing us to get a look at the back of her resplendent Oscar de la Renta couture gown.

Sue Smith in sparkling Tom Ford.

Diane Lokey Farb in Valentino gown and whimsical Fendi fur wrap.

Nidhiki Mehta in Naeem Khan. 

Phoebe Tudor in Marchesa

Margaret Alkek Wiliams in Carolina Herrera and Nancy Kinder in Rubin Singer.

Sultana Mangalji in a magnificent beaded and embroidered sari from India.

Isabel David in Olivier Theyskens.

Susan Sarofim in Naeem Khan and Sarah Ferguson Duchess of York in Max Mara.

Sisters Hannah McNair, left, and Joanna Marks, both in Chanel.

Soraya McClelland in Bibhu Mohapatra.

Lucinda Loya in vintage from the back of her closet.

Jo Furr in Jessica McClintock.

Hallie Vanderhider in Pamella Roland and Fady Armanious in Tadashi.

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