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Wow! India theme brings out the best ball gowns at Museum of Fine Arts Grand Gala

Wow! India theme brings out best ball gowns at MFAH Grand Gala

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Carson Seeligson, Lynn Wyatt and Pat Breen represent the diversity of dress at the MFAH Grand Gala Ball. Photo by Michelle Watson/CatchlightGroup.com
22 Melissa Mithoff at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston Ball October 2013
Melissa Mithoff wearing Roberto Cavalli at the MFAH Grand Gala Ball. Photo by © Roswitha Vogler/Photosbyrovo.com
11 Nidhika Mehta at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston Ball October 2013
Nidhika Mehta wearing Ecru at the MFAH Grand Gala Ball. Photo by © Roswitha Vogler/Photosbyrovo.com
1 Windi and David Grimes at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston Ball October 2013
Windi Grimes wearing Naeem Khan and David Grimes at the MFAH Grand Gala Ball. Photo by © Roswitha Vogler/Photosbyrovo.com
15 Divya Brown at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston Ball October 2013
Divya Brown wears a gown with lavish Indian beading at the MFAH Grand Gala Ball. Photo by © Roswitha Vogler/Photosbyrovo.com
20 Janet Hobby and Gary Tinterow at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston Ball October 2013
Janet Hobby and Gary Tinterow in his authentic Rajasthani turban at the MFAH Grand Gala Ball. Photo by © Roswitha Vogler/Photosbyrovo.com
19 Ann and Dr. Nat Bala at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston Ball October 2013
Ann Bala wears a custom Indian design and Dr. Nat Bala at the MFAH Grand Gala Ball. Photo by © Roswitha Vogler/Photosbyrovo.com
10 Nancy Kinder at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston Ball October 2013
Nancy Kinder wearing Oscar de la Renta at the MFAH Grand Gala Ball. Photo by © Roswitha Vogler/Photosbyrovo.com
17 Aliyya Stude, left, and Courtney Sarofim at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston Ball October 2013
Aliyya Stude, left, and Courtney Sarofim purchased their matching gowns at Calypso St. Barth. Photo by © Roswitha Vogler/Photosbyrovo.com
13 Diane Lokey Farb at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston Ball October 2013
Naeem Khan was the choice for Diane Lokey Farb at the MFAH Grand Gala Ball. Photo by © Roswitha Vogler/Photosbyrovo.com
9 Bobby and Phoebe Tudor at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston Ball October 2013
Bobby and Phoebe Tudor, she in Naeem Khan, at the MFAH Grand Gala Ball. Photo by © Roswitha Vogler/Photosbyrovo.com
8 Becca Cason Thrash at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston Ball October 2013
Becca Cason Thrash wearing Naeem Khan at the MFAH Grand Gala Ball. Photo by © Roswitha Vogler/Photosbyrovo.com
12 Diana Hawkins at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston Ball October 2013
Diana Hallkins wears Naeem Khan at the MFAH Grand Gala Ball. Photo by © Roswitha Vogler/Photosbyrovo.com
3 Carol Linn at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston Ball October 2013
Carol Linn wearing Akris at the MFAH Grand Gala Ball. Photo by © Roswitha Vogler/Photosbyrovo.com
2 Margaret Alkelk Williams at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston Ball October 2013
Margaret Alkek Williams wearing Ripetta at the MFAH Grand Gala Ball. Photo by © Roswitha Vogler/Photosbyrovo.com
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Dancie Ware chooses Oscar de la Renta for the MFAH Grand Gala Ball. Photo by Roswitha Vogler/Photosbyrovo.com
4 Karen Garrett at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston Ball October 2013
Karen Garrett wears a gown her own design at the MFAH Grand Gala Ball. Photo by © Roswitha Vogler/Photosbyrovo.com
16 Anne Furse at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston Ball October 2013
Anne Furse wears a custom Indian design at the MFAH Grand Gala Ball. Photo by © Roswitha Vogler/Photosbyrovo.com
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22 Melissa Mithoff at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston Ball October 2013
11 Nidhika Mehta at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston Ball October 2013
1 Windi and David Grimes at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston Ball October 2013
15 Divya Brown at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston Ball October 2013
20 Janet Hobby and Gary Tinterow at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston Ball October 2013
19 Ann and Dr. Nat Bala at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston Ball October 2013
10 Nancy Kinder at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston Ball October 2013
17 Aliyya Stude, left, and Courtney Sarofim at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston Ball October 2013
13 Diane Lokey Farb at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston Ball October 2013
9 Bobby and Phoebe Tudor at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston Ball October 2013
8 Becca Cason Thrash at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston Ball October 2013
12 Diana Hawkins at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston Ball October 2013
3 Carol Linn at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston Ball October 2013
2 Margaret Alkelk Williams at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston Ball October 2013
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4 Karen Garrett at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston Ball October 2013
16 Anne Furse at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston Ball October 2013

Typically Oscar de la Renta reigns as the favored designer at H-Town's resplendent charity balls. But for Friday night's Museum of Fine Arts, Houston Grand Gala Ball, de la Renta was nudged by Naeem Khan and his extraordinary beaded gowns. And with "India!" as the gala theme, why not?

Ball chair Windi Grimes set the pace in a stunning Naeem Khan sea foam gown lavished in pearlized beading. Gowns by the Indian-born American designer were favored by his close friend Becca Cason Thrash and by Diana Hawkins, Diane Lokey Farb and Phoebe Tudor, who dazzled in one of his spectacular kaftans.

Among the ladies in beautifully feminine gowns by Oscar de la Renta were Nancy Kinder, Pat Breen and Dancie Ware.

Of course, a cross section of designers were represented with Margaret Alkek Williams in a one-shoulder beaded gown by Ripetta, Beth Madison in Carolina Herrera, Carol Linn in Akris and Nidhika Mehta in a stunning Indian-inspired costume by Ecru. In fact, many of the ladies opted for national costumes, some having purchased their gowns in the array of sari shops along Hillcroft and others having their gowns custom made and some actually from India. Renu Khator, Roseann Rogers, Divya Brown, Carson Seeligson and Sultana Mangalji were among them. 

One of the most striking ensembles was worn by Lynn Wyatt, a white dress over white leggings with beaded accessories and matching turban. The design was made especially for her by Karl Lagerfeld for a party that she hosted in Europe.