Museum of Fine Arts, Houston Grand Gala Ball
Oct 16, 2009 | 10:53 pm
The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston Grand Gala Ball seemed toned down from previous years. But you couldn't tell it from the glamorous attire worn by Houston's Smart Set.
Pat Breen chose a black-and-white ball gown that was a highlight of the Oscar de la Renta fall 2009 collection. "I really have a lot of black and a lot of white, but not mixed together," she said. "I just fell in love with it."
Maybe it's the sluggish economy. Or perhaps a more understated attitude that has permeated the fall social scene. Whatever the reason, this year's Museum of Fine Arts, Houston Grand Gala Ball had a toned-down feeling. Yet it may go down as one of the museum's most elegant fundraisers. The theme was "Masterpieces of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston: Director's Choice" and it coincided with the publication of a coffee table book featuring MFAH director Peter Marzio's favorite works of art from the museum's permanent collection. In a twist, Marzio also chaired the gala, which featured images from the collection projected on the walls of the Caroline Wiess Law Building and music by several Houston bands. "I wanted to make it an all-Texas thing," Marzio said. But much of the sizzle came from the ball gowns worn by Houston's leading boldface names. The MFAH gala is always among the top black-tie events of the social season, so it's a showcase of wearable art. Here are some examples.