If Persol had one goal in mind for Magnificent Obsessions, an exhibition to to commemorate the Italian eyewear magnate’s longstanding relationship with painstakingly- crafted film, it was go big or go home. This was evident from the get-go when ascending to Centre 548’s 4th floor in a Warholian-era industrial lift for the exhibit’s opening celebration. A set of double doors opened to reveal a gallery space filled with cinematic memorabilia and a crowd that was half celebrity, half society.
Curated by the celebrated Michael Connor, the exhibit is the initial offering in a series three installments and is open to the public starting today through Sunday in West Chelsea. There you’ll find footage of The Darjeeling Limited’s Adrien Brody racing through train cars in custom frames, Oscar-winning costumes from Marie Antoinette, and perhaps most prolific—scenes from Ghandi with its transformative star and honoree, Ben Kingsley offering exclusive commentary. “I think its great to join in a collection of personal creation,” he said of the exhibit.
Last night’s opening event celebrated the brand’s Italian heritage with Etruscan small bites and cocktails– but with scenes from La Dolce Vita on display, a never-ending supply of Negroni’s only seemed appropriate.
W Hotels’ global fashion director, Amanda Ross was excited to attend because, “I love film and creative concepts, so it’s interesting to see talented people’s work displayed in a creative way.” The former wardrobe stylist has “been wearing Persol forever, they’re always chic.” In agreement with Ross was 90’s heartthrob and once tandem puppet Lance Bass who point-blank told us he’s that grateful Persols, “fit my round face.”
Nearby, controversial photographer Ryan McGinley played DJ while guests like Famke Janssen and Shenae Grimes posed for personalized flipbooks, courtesy of The Museum of Moving Image. For a Thursday night, the scene was pretty relaxed, but as Italians wisely know—copious amounts of Prosecco cure all the workweek’s woes.