Last night, Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall was filled with the spirit of Louis Vuitton for the annual Lincoln Center Corporate Fund Gala, which hosted the Maison and Nicolas Ghesquière. In addition to honouring the artistic director with its Women’s Leadership Award, the event consisted of a one-night exhibition of his designs, spanning fashion collections to architectural installations.
Co-chaired by Steven R. Swartz, President and CEO of Hearst; Glenda Bailey, Editor-in-Chief of Harper’s BAZAAR; Christina Baker; Fiona and Stan Drukenmiller; and Miroslava Duma, the non-profit Corporate Fund Gala raises necessary, unrestricted, corporate financial support for Lincoln Center’s ten resident arts organisations.
Among the evening’s highlights was a unique concert curated by Woodkid featuring the New York Philharmonic with a special performance from Catherine Deneuve who recited a spoken word dedication to art. When the moment came for Ghesquière to accept the award, Jennifer Connelly and Paul Bettany were there to bestow the honour upon him.
The gala’s host committee was represented by Delphine Arnault and Michael Burke, as well as ongoing friends of the Maison such as Michelle Williams, Nicole Kidman, Riley Keough, Ruth Negga, Xavier Dolan, Justin Theroux, Jaden Smith, Cindy Sherman, Noomi Rapace, Léa Seydoux, Hidetoshi Nakata, Laura Harrier, and Sophie Turner. Hearst Magazines Chief Content Officer Joanna Coles, Lincoln Center Chair Katherine Farley and Lincoln Center President Debora L. Spar were also among the guests.
Louis Vuitton is the latest honouree among a distinguished list that includes Carolina Herrera, Karl Lagerfeld, Stella McCartney and Maria Grazia Churi and Pierpaolo Piccioli representing Valentino. Over the past four years, the event has raised $5.5 million which helps ensure that Lincoln Center remains a beacon of outstanding artistic output.