Studio 54 Party
With a dress code of “Anything Goes at Studio 54,” a stream of glam guests boogied into the Mint Museum Uptown March 6 for a Studio 54 party hosted by the Mint Museum Auxiliary. Guests arrived in a range of outfits, from full-on disco-days attire to modern and chic takes on the theme. But it was hard to top Judy Alexander, who was a knockout in a dress that she used to wear to Studio 54 when she worked in New York City. Halston’s niece and exhibition co-curator Lesley Frowick attended the party, so I had to ask her what she thought. She was at the opening night of Studio 54 with her uncle and Andy Warhol. Of Charlotte’s version, she said: “Halston and Andy would approve.”
Dancing with the Stars of Charlotte
Charlotte Ballet’s annual gala fundraiser on March 7 at Knight Theater paired local celebrities with its professionals for dance routines. Proceeds go to the ballet company and each celebrity’s chosen charity. The 900 guests raised $790,000 ($265,000 of that will go to six charities the stars chose to support). Cathy Bessant of Bank of America won the People’s Choice Award for raising the most money: $255,000. Judges Hugh McColl, Pat Rodgers and Stoney Sellars gave attorney Dianne Chipps Bailey of Robinson Bradshaw & Hinson three perfect 10s for her swing routine, winning her the Judges’ Choice Award. Also dancing were Midge Barron, who helped found the gala three years ago; Walter Dolhare of Wells Fargo Securities; Dr. Derek Raghavan, president of Levine Cancer Institute; and Lloyd Yates of Duke Energy. The evening ended with dancing onstage after the performances, to music from Big Swing and Ballroom Blasters, then dessert and an after-party with a DJ.
At the Deutsche Opernball (The German Opera Gala) on March 6, guests gathered for dinner and dancing at Quail Hollow Club for this celebration of German contributions to opera. Presented by the N.C. Zeitgeist Foundation and BMW, it was co-chaired by Klaus Becker and Margaret Rosenfeld. The evening honored special guest Peter Wittig, the ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany to the United States. Many gorgeous gowns showed on the dance floor, but Regine Bechtler, a native of Germany, stood out in a full ball skirt with an edgy but elegant black top and gloves. She made the gown from silk charmeuse she had printed with some of Andreas Bechtler’s artwork. She also made the tuxedo jacket with interesting grommet detail that her husband wore.