Whiplash 2019, a fashion show fundraiser for The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, was attended by 125 fashionistas on Thursday, October 17 at the Museum. The event raised $11,770 to support The Aldrich’s exhibition and education programs.
Catwalk looks were created by WEST boutique of Westport with hair and makeup looks by Whip Salon. Key sponsors for the event included SUX Straws, @beausoleilshop, Cylinder Vodka, Bailey’s Backyard, and PIY Pizza. Attendees enjoying an evening celebrating creativity with signature cocktails, a silent auction, dancing, and more.
“We shook things up at Whiplash this time around because we introduced a rock ‘n roll vibe and partnered with businesses outside of Ridgefield to cast the net wider to attract an audience from the surrounding area,” said Amy Pal, owner of Whip Salon and Aldrich Trustee. “45% of attendees were from outside of Ridgefield this year, as far as Warwick, RI and Brewster, NY, with a quarter of attendees never having previously visited the Museum. It’s exciting to introduce contemporary art and The Aldrich, as well as Ridgefield, to new audiences through a unique fashion show fundraiser format.”
“Whiplash continues to bring incredible energy and enthusiasm to The Aldrich, while raising important funds to support the Museum’s programs. We are grateful to all of the partners, models, and guests who helped make the evening such as success,” stated Cybele Maylone, The Aldrich’s Executive Director.
The Whiplash committee included Anne Epstein of SUX Straws and beausoleilshop.com, Anne Greenberg of SUX Straws, Kitt Shapiro of WEST, Amy Pal of Whip Salon, and Stelios Stavrianos of Cylinder Vodka.
Photo: Melanie Dawn Peringer