When asked what inspired their outfits, most female guests who attended the 2012 edition of the Museum Ball at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts proudly confessed to me they were wearing a local designer. This was music to my ears since they all looked so gorgeous, standing gracefully in the middle of the enormous museum halls – surrounded by breathtaking paintings and visual art. As I watched themmove graciously in their dresses, I couldn’t help but admit to myself that Montreal is affirming her status as one of the major fashion capitals of the world.
Alexandra MacDougall, co-president of the Museum’s Volunteer Association, was striking a pose for our photographer Denis when I arrived. I very much appreciated the juxtaposition of the embroidered fabric at the bottom of her dress with the black clean-cut top. ”It was my aunt’s dress! It had a bow in the back and a high collar… I couldn’t wear it, so I took it to designer Kevin Allwood who revamped it for me,” she explained. Former minister Liza Frulla also surprised me when she admitted she had her dress done after she had designed it herself. A new career in fashion design ? “No, not yet!” she replied, laughing. Julie-Katherine Turcotte looked like a Greek goddess in her beige/nude Blumarine dress. “I am wearing Nu.I. I love this brand and the designer Vicky Joseph, she is so talented,” gushed Mme Nathalie Schwartz, whom we met with her husband Mr. Charles Decarie while on our way to the cocktail room.
Later that night, we bumped into the splendid former Governor General of Canada, Michaëlle Jean, who was wearing a beautiful creation from M SIAMO by Marisa Minicucci. “I am so happy she is back in the fashion scene (after disappearing for two years). She is wonderful!” I couldn’t agree more! A few meters away stood the charming Justin Trudeau and his wife Sophie Grégoire, who looked sharp in a creation by Theia. Sophie told us, ”I love the details of the dress – especially the small train in the back,” while Justin lovingly winked to her. Such a cute couple!
After dinner, the guests moved into the glass room and began dancing surrounded by the splendid view of the city at night. The evening was magical, the atmosphere was jovial and relaxed, and a good time was had by all. On her way out, the former Governor General and I shook hands while commenting on how extravagant the dresses looked. “That’s the beauty of the Museum Ball!” she told me with a smile before slipping out into the cold fall night.