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L et's step back a little. Chairman Brian Bolke was originally set to chair this gala in 2020, but we all know what happened that March. The retail guru — Bolke was one of the founders of Forty Five Ten and is now the visionary behind The Conservatory — was left standing at the proverbial altar for three years in anticipation. However, given his years of planning and penchant for perfection, all knew that it would be a night not soon forgotten and began sending in their table sponsorships. In fact, a long wait list for tickets began months ago. He was initially hoping to cap the evening around 300 but eventually added enough seats to accommodate 350 total. He chose to honor the inaugural gala, held in 1962, by titling his event Tableaux: 60 Years of Art Ball (1962- 2022). The 1962 Art Ball was chaired by Larry Hart — the first and last time a male chaired the Art Ball until 2022 chairman Brian Bolke. A vision board began circulating months ago via texts and emails amongst the who's who of Dallas' art and fashion crew. The idea was to fill a glamorous black-tie evening with glorious nods to the past. When he texted me the vision board, he also added three descriptions that apparently were the key takeaways he wanted ladies to consider: false eyelashes, opera-length gloves, and sky-high hair — very much in keeping with the grand affairs of a more refined past, perhaps the best example being Truman Capote's Black and White Ball. Bolke's collaborators included DJ Lucy Wrubel, who helped him select the perfect soundtrack for '60s glam, and Cassandra Moses from Art 2 Catering, who produced a perfectly chic menu with nods to that bygone era. Finally, he enlisted one of his dearest friends, Missy Peck, founder of boutique events studio Missy RSVP, to help bring his overall design vision to life. The Hamon Atrium was entirely covered with a beyond-groovy leopard carpet. Peck created a stylish supper-club setting with intimate seating groups inspired by the art that permanently hangs in that space. Models in Moschino creations and painted to resemble works of art were sprinkled about, all under the direction of model wrangler Jan Strimple. Perhaps Bolke's most important collaborator, however, was his dashing husband, real estate guru Faisal Halum, who had been by his side for the entire planning process. Marsha & Mike Scimo Marguerite Hoffman Ceron Edward Bess Jeremy Sco Alvise Orsini & Geoffroy van Raemdonck Jordan Jones Ken Fulk Cornelia Guest Zoe Bonnee Brandon Maxwell Kara Goss' accessories (Continued on page 28) Hannah Fagadau Tim Peck

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