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Fanfare: Frick Art Museum raises a glass in honor of some risqué business

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Tom and Bonnie VanKirk, Undressed: A History of Fashion in Underwear, Frick Art Museum, Point Breeze. May 25, 2017.
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Mary Louise and Chip Babst, Undressed: A History of Fashion in Underwear, Frick Art Museum, Point Breeze. May 25, 2017.
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Event co-chairs Carrie Reed, Peggy McKnight and Jessica O'Brien, Undressed: A History of Fashion in Underwear, Frick Art Museum, Point Breeze. May 25, 2017.
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Demeatria Boccella, Undressed: A History of Fashion in Underwear, Frick Art Museum, Point Breeze. May 25, 2017.
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Tim Komen and Damian Ruyechan, Undressed: A History of Fashion in Underwear, Frick Art Museum, Point Breeze. May 25, 2017.
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Executive director Robin Nicholson, Undressed: A History of Fashion in Underwear, Frick Art Museum, Point Breeze. May 25, 2017.
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Nicholas Griswold and Katie Jones, Undressed: A History of Fashion in Underwear, Frick Art Museum, Point Breeze. May 25, 2017.
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Carole King and Frick board chair Chip Burke, Undressed: A History of Fashion in Underwear, Frick Art Museum, Point Breeze. May 25, 2017.
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Dr. S. Rand Werrin and Steve McKnight, Undressed: A History of Fashion in Underwear, Frick Art Museum, Point Breeze. May 25, 2017.

Five months to go, not a single invitation in the mail and already, half of the tickets to the Frick Art Museum’s October 19 gala to kick off it’s “Undressed: A History of Fashion in Underwear” exhibit have been spoken for.

But the question on everyone’s mind during a cocktail reception for VIP’s on May 25? Just how much the Frick would push the envelope with the dress code.

“We’re still struggling with it,” said executive director Robin Nicholson. “Somebody in my office came up with the idea of ‘Boardroom to the Boudoir’ which I’m tempted to do. We’ll have to see.”

Tongues have been wagging for months over the “slightly risqué” exhibit organized by the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, a collection of 200-plus pieces of undergarments for both men and women that illustrate how society’s ideals about the body, morality, and sexuality have evolved since the 18th century.

“It’s such an amazing history,” said Peggy McKnight, who is co-chairing the gala with Cary Reed, Jessica O’Brien, and Ina Gumberg.

And as for the crowd reaction to the suggestion that underwear be sported as outerwear for the gala itself?

“It’s probably going to be optional, which is lame,” laughed Nicholas Griswold with Katie Jones.

The only pit stop “Undressed” will make in North America will be at the Frick, on display from October 21 to January 7, 2018.

On the list: board chair Chip Burke and Carole King, Demeatria Boccella, Joyce Candi Grove, Steve McKnight, Lisa and Stephen Botos, Barbara and David Burstin, Antoinette DePasquale, Lizzie and Doug Truter, Bonnie and Tom VanKirk, Alex and Cris Scott, Curator Sarah Hall, Dan and Eileen Gallagher.

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