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Hirshhorn Celebrates Surreal Fashion at its First Annual Art-Themed Ball

By Aaron Royce | August 30, 2019 | Culture

Surreal fashions reigned supreme at the Hirshhorn's first annual art-themed ball.


Smithsonian’s Hirshhorn Museum went out on a creative limb and bet that Washingtonians were ready to trade typical cocktail attire for avant-garde fashion. The result of the contemporary arts and culture museum’s inaugural surrealistthemed Hirshhorn Ball was an evening of sensory overload and very non-DC ensembles. Guests arrived donning maximalist flowers, feathers, masks and enough glitter and metallics to put Studio 54 to shame. Hosted by Pussy Noir (Jason Barnes) and engineered by the museum’s curator Melissa Chiu, the radical arts and fashion celebration had vogueing, lip-syncing, glam stations, a cocktail reception, live performances and tunes by DJs Jacq Jill and Dvonne. Did we mention the large roaming eyeball?

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