Last night’s Paperball, at the MAD museum, was full of beer, paper and Madeline Albright.
The exhibition and party and dinner were split amongst five floors which meant me and my boots got quite the workout (the elevator moved at a glacial pace) and though the party party was mean to be on the sixth, everyone gathered on the second floor.
Bill Cunningham wove his way in and out of the exhibit, snapping pictures of girls in paper dresses, paper flowered hats and paper bow ties while I obsessed over Jen Kao’s dress. I’ve never touched anything in a museum (duh), but I had to reach out and poke it to make sure that it wasn’t leather. I still don’t really believe the laced up, shoulder padded shift is built from paper; it sat next to Bliss Lau‘s corseted dress, inspired by The Great Gatsby (though we’re pretty sure Daisy would blush) and Zaldy’s fantastical swirling cocktail dress.
Downstairs we ogled Ruffian’s bustled Victorian dress made from their own book – it comes with a paper puppy – and back upstairs we stared at Craig McDean‘s paper Prada picture for way too long.
As if that’s not enough, the whole thing’s nestled among an exhibit of Madeline Albright’s brooches from around the world creating a visual feast. So if you’re in Columbus Circle this weekend, swing by for a look.