National Museum of Women in the Arts 25th Anniversary Gala: Les Jardins de Bagatelle

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Photo credit: Mandy Holcomb

We stopped by the exquisitely decorated National Museum of Women in the Arts 25th Anniversary Gala, Les Jardin de Bagatelle, to rub elbows with some of Washington’s most notable philanthropists. The swanky black-tie-SO-not-optional affair commenced with a luscious cocktail gala in the galleries, where immaculately dressed guests shook hands with the notable hostesses, like gala chairs Jacqueline Badger Mars and Isabel Ernst, benefactors, and matriarachs of the famed museum.

Inspired by the museum’s featured exhibition showcasing the work of 18th century French women artists, this annual black-tie Gala began with a viewing of the exhibition and cocktails in the museum’s galleries followed by dinner and dancing in the elegant Great Hall. Prior to the event, guests had the opportunity to bid on the best in travel, accommodations, and luxury goods via our online auction.

The spring Gala is the museum’s largest and most important annual fundraising event. More than 450 luminaries from Washington’s diplomatic, governmental, and social communities gathered to support the exhibitions and programs that make NMWA the leading museum dedicate to celebrating the achievements of women in the visual, performing and literary arts.

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