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Hot Couture Late Night

Fri, May 18th, 2018 at 6:00 PM - Sat, May 19th, 2018 at 12:00 AM

In celebration of its first ever fashion exhibition, A Queen Within: Adorned Archetypes, the New Orleans Museum of Art opens its doors until midnight on Friday, May 18. The evening kicks off at 6 p.m. with live music, performances, guided tours, a film screening, and a public conversation with Vogue creative digital director Sally Singer and New Yorker contributor Thomas Beller.

Advance tickets are no longer for sale online. Please purchase at the door: $20 for nonmembers | Free to NOMA members



  • 6 – 10 pm: Art on the Spot: Make Your Own Fascinator (1st Floor Elevator Lobby) Create a fabulous fascinator headpiece in your own unique style.
  • 6 – 10:30 pm: Food by Café NOMA, Bonafried, Crêpes à la Cart, and Diva Dawg
  • 6 –7:45 pm: Music by Joy Clark (Great Hall)

Joy Clark’s musical artistry feels like a warm, fresh twist on the fervently familiar. Her music embodies the bliss that comes with creating melodies and rhythms to celebrate peace and the undeniable power of love. Backed by an all-star cast of incredible performers, including Jazmine Butler (drums), phenomenal singer/songwriter Kelly Love Jones (vocals and percussion), and BassMonsterTiff (bass), Joy and her band create a unique blend of funk, soul, and folk.

  • 6 – 11 pm: Tarot Readings with Valeria Ruelas (2nd Floor, Contemporary Galleries, at the Hustleman cart in the exhibition Carlos Rolón: Outside/In)
  • 7 pm: Guided tour of A Queen Within: Adorned Archetypes with Curator Mel Buchanan (Meet 1st Floor Elevator Lobby)

Join NOMA’s Decorative Arts Curator Mel Buchanan as she leads visitors through Queen Within: Adorned Archetypes, NOMA’s first-ever exhibition devoted to fashion. Experimental gowns, headpieces, and jewelry by avant-garde fashion designers Alexander McQueen, Gucci, Gypsy Sport, and Iris van Herpen investigate symbols of womanhood and challenge conventional notions of beauty.

  • 7:45 pm: Performance by the Lady Buckjumpers Social Aid & Pleasure Club (Great Hall)

Named for a traditional second line dance known as buckjumping, the Lady Buckjumpers are an all-female social aid and pleasure club. Famous not only for their dance moves, but also for their fabulous sense of style, the Lady Buckjumpers have been active since 1984.

  • 8 pm: Music by Joy Clark (Great Hall)
  • 8 pm: Vogue Creative Digital Director Sally J. Singer in conversation with writer Thomas Beller (Stern Auditorium)

Sally Singer is the creative digital director of Vogue, where she oversees the magazine’s website, video program, and social channels. Previously, she was the editor in chief of T: The New York Times Style Magazine, the fashion news/features director of Vogue, and the fashion director of New York Magazine. She has written for the Guardian, the Economist, the Atlantic Monthly, among other publications. Singer is a trustee of the Fashion Institute of Technology.

Thomas Beller is a writer and associate professor of English at Tulane University. He is a longtime contributor to the New Yorker and also writes for the New York TimesVogue, and Town and Country, among other magazines. A founder and editor of Open City Magazine (1990–2010), his books include The Sleep-Over Artist (2000), How to Be a Man: Scenes from a Protracted Boyhood (2005), and J.D. Salinger: The Escape Artist, which won the New York City Book Award for Biography/Memoir in 2015.

  • 9:30 pm: Screening of The September Issue  (Stern Auditorium)

Documentary chronicling Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour’s preparation for the fall season’s most important fashion issue. (PG-13 | 2009 | 1 hour, 30 minutes | Watch the trailer) The screening is sponsored by Mignon Faget.

  • 9:45 pm: Performance by the New Orleans Drag Workshop All Stars (Great Hall)

The New Orleans Drag Workshop, guided by drag legend Vinsantos, is a ten-week crash course that takes folks from all walks of life and turns them into original and memorable drag performers. The program goes well beyond just hair and makeup to teach students history, the ethics of working in the business, and how to be a diva without being a DIVA! At the end of the workshop, students take the stage to showcase the piece of performance they developed throughout the course. The Workshop has just completed its seventh cycle and has had over 70 members complete their journeys over the last four years. The Workshop is honored to present a collection of its finest performers from various cycles at NOMA’s Hot Couture Late Night. On the bill will be the Workshop’s Head Mister-ess and everybody’s favorite drag grandma, Vinsantos; Miss Pageant 2016 Neon Burgundy; Miss Runner Up 2016 Tarah Cards; Miss Pageant 2017 Franky; and one of the most recent draguates from cycle seven, Izzy Femme.

  • 10 pm: Guided tour of A Queen Within: Adorned Archetypes with Curator Mel Buchanan (Meet 1st Floor Elevator Lobby)
  • 10:15 pm – Midnight: Music by DJ Ann Glaviano of HEATWAVE! Dance Party (Great Hall)

Ann Glaviano is a writer, dancer, DJ, and native New Orleanian. She runs the HEATWAVE! Dance Party bimonthly at a friendly neighborhood bar near you. She was featured in ELLE’s September issue in 2016, in their first “Style Across America” spread, where she shouted out Red, White, and Blue Thrift as her primary fashion resource.

  • All night: Roaming fashions by Tabitha Bethune with the Wildlife Reserve

St. Charles Avenue Magazine is the media sponsor for Hot Couture Late Night.





Fri, May 18th, 2018 at 6:00 PM
Sat, May 19th, 2018 at 12:00 AM
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