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Imperial Splendor


Over 300 of Washington, New York and Turkey’s most prominent benefactors turned out for the Washington Life sponsored Freer and Sackler Gala on October 26. Many of the attendees wore kattans inspired by the premiere exhibition which featured imperial Ottoman silks and Turkish costumes from the 16th and 17th centuries. The exhibit draws from top collections around the world, including the Topakpi Palace Museum in Istanbul, the Hermitage in St. Petersburg and our very own Washington’s Textile Museum. Modern Turkish designers Gonul Paksoy, Atil Kutoglu and Yildrim Mayruk were on hand for a fashion featuring their latest designs juxtaposed against the classical Ottoman designs. The dramatic lighting lit the textile rich halls as beautiful models elegantly fashioned the latest Turkish designs. The sell-out event raised $260,000, which will help the galleries promote the arts and cultures of Asia.

Queen Noor, Dame Jillian Sackler, Ahmet and Mica Ertegun; Robert Rosenkrantz and Alexandra Munroe; Roderick and April Gow; Patricia Kluge and Robert Moses; Esther Coopersmith; Richard and Shannon Fairbanks; Cynthia Helms, Archille and Judith Guest; Arnaud and Alexandra de Borchgrave; William and Ann Nitze.

Queen Noor and Jill Sackler

Turkish Amb. O. Faruk Logoglu and Mrs. Erdegun
Models wearing Turkish fashions

Elizabeth Ettinghausen, Haleh Esfandiary, Mossumeh Farhad and Ann Gunter
Models showing off Turkish Fashions

Mary and Mandy Ourisman
Mevhibe “Mimi” Logoglu and friend

Katie Ford, William Haseltine and Ann Nitze
Ann Gunter, Julian Raby and Nurhan Atasoy

Cameron and Mary Leclair
Patricia Kluge and Robert Moses

Barbara McConaghy and Gerry Byrne
Rebecca Fahy

Atil Kutoglu and JoAnn Mason
The Sackler Gallery

Aniko Gaal Schott and Katie Ziglar
Alek Wek

Italian Amb. Giovanni Castellaneta and Mrs. Castellaneta
dalia herzikowitz and gary hartman

Mustafa Kou
Jan Stuart and Jeffrey Cunard



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