Last week, art’s best turned out in their [on the whole] 1920′s best to rub shoulders and raise funds for the Whitechapel Gallery at their annual event, the Swarovski Whitechapel Gallery Art Plus Opera.
The ‘Plus Opera’ bit refers to the gallery’s collaboration with the Royal Opera Chorus, which resulted in a series of commissioned posters sold at auction on the night, inspired by the poster works of Picasso and Cocteau for Diaghilev’s ballet and opera productions. Leading artists including Sir Howard Hodgkin (opera costume designer), Michael Craig Martin, Philip Allen and Lisa Millroy gave their artistic impressions of an opera poster while Jake and Dinos Chapman, Martin Creed and Darren Almond, among others, donated non-commissioned works to support the gallery. Providing the backdrop were scenes from Puccini’s ‘La Bohème’ and ‘The Rake’s Progress’ by Stravinsky, played out by the Chorus. Tempted by the flapper dress code, the guestlist and, of course, the cause, i-D online went to take some snaps of the rich and famous in their finery.
Text: Sarah Raphael
Photography: Dafydd Jones
From left: Lara Bohinc, Pam Hogg, Bishi Bhattachary with Tim Noble, Tracey Emin, Mollie Dent Brocklehurst, Dinos Chapman with Tiphaine de Lussy, The Royal Opera Chorus! Posters by Lisa Millroy (left) and Janice Kerbel (right).