Saturday, September 30, 2006

Ralph Rucci Draws a Crowd

Designer Ralph Rucci stands in front of his artwork

The Directors of The Chinese Porcelain Company, 475 Park Avenue at 58th Street hosted a private viewing, cocktail party and sale of Ralph Rucci's recent paintings and works on paper (there were 26) this past Thursday night.

Guests enjoying cocktails. Woman on left in an outfit designed by Ralph Rucci.

Many of Ralph's friends were in attendance including Joan Kaner, former fashion director of Neiman Marcus; Lee Radziwell; Martha Stewart; Adolfo; Iris Apfel; Helen O'Hagan; Amy Fine Collins; FIT's Research Curator, Costume Collection, Patricia Mears; former head of Bill Blass Harold Davis; PR maven, Joanne Creveling; and president of Essie Cosmetics, Essie Weingarten; among many other familiar faces.

Patricia Mears wearing a design by Ralph Rucci talking to the designer

And speaking to Patricia Mears, she told us the Museum at F.I.T. is planning a major retrospective of Ralph Rucci's work this coming January. Both his fashion designs and his artwork will be part of the exhibition, and it was one reason why Patricia and Charles Froom, who will be designing the exhibition, came to the event to choose what artwork on display might become part of the exhibition.

-Ernest Schmatolla

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