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Out & About: Art as Fashion guests get insider’s view of Met Gala

Shirley McMarlin
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Seton Hill University student and costume designer, Julie Lang of Baldwin, Allegheny County, strikes a pose in her design during the Art as Fashion cocktail party May 24 at the Westmoreland Museum of American Art in Greensburg.
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Steve and Candy Squires of Greensburg pose for a photo May 24 during the Art as Fashion cocktail party at the Westmoreland Museum of American Art in Greensburg.
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Tiffany Taylor and Matt Cerimele of Hempfield Township pose for a photo May 24 during the Art as Fashion cocktail party at the Westmoreland Museum of American Art in Greensburg.
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From left: Kevin Miscik of Crabtree joins Roxie Fontanesi and Larry Luttner of Greensburg for a photo May 24 during the Art as Fashion cocktail party at the Westmoreland Museum of American Art in Greensburg.
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Seton Hill University student and costume designer Ashlynn Swauger (left) of West Newton and her model and sister, Allison Swauger of West Newton, model Ashlynn’s art, during the Art as Fashion cocktail party held MAy 24 at the Westmoreland Museum of American Art in Greensburg.
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Samantha Barna of Indiana County poses for a photo May 24 in her vintage gown from Rizkallah for Malcolm Starr during the Art as Fashion cocktail party at the Westmoreland Museum of American Art in Greensburg.
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Seton Hill University student and designer Amelia Heastings of Bethel Park, Allegheny County, models her art May 24 during the Art as Fashion cocktail party at the Westmoreland Museum of American Art in Greensburg.
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Seton Hill University student and costume designer Bree O’Brien (left) of Irwin and her model, Seton Hill University student Patricia Mahfood of South Park, Allegheny County, model O’Brien’s art May 24 during the Art as Fashion cocktail party at the Westmoreland Museum of American Art in Greensburg.
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From left: Jo Ellen Numerick, Clyde B. Jones III, senior vice-president for institutional advancement at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and Sally Anne Novak gather for a photo May 24 during the Art as Fashion cocktail party at the Westmoreland Museum of American Art in Greensburg.
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From left: Ellen Swank, WMAA board president, Anne Kraybill, WMAA Richard M. Scaife Director/CEO, and Al Novak, board member, gather for a photo May 24 during the Art as Fashion cocktail party at the Westmoreland Museum of American Art in Greensburg.

Tea was spilled, darlings, as a Greensburg audience heard behind-the-scenes tidbits about the planning of the Met Gala from Clyde Jones III, senior vice president for institutional advancement at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City.

Jones was the VIP guest at the black-tie Art as Fashion gala May 24 at The Westmoreland Museum of American Art. He and his staff plan “fashion’s biggest night out,” under the watchful eye of chairwoman and Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour, who personally approves every person on the guest list.

He mentioned Wintour’s awe-inspiring attention to detail and photographic memory for guests’ costumes, along with a couple of anecdotes involving a peacock on the loose and a naked man delivered to the red carpet in a clear plastic, padlocked box. (No, it wasn’t Billy Porter.)

He also shared photos of the gala dinner, which is off-limits to the paparazzi.

Jones is former vice chancellor for health sciences development at the University of Pittsburgh, where he worked with former vice chancellor for institutional advancement Albert Novak, a board member at The Westmoreland, on a $2 billion capital campaign. They’ve remained close friends.

Novak gave credit to his wife, Sally Anne Novak (event co-chairwoman along with Jo Ellen Numerick), for enticing Jones to speak: “The closer was Sally Ann. Nobody says no to Sally Anne.”

Seton Hill University costume director Susan O’Neill attended with 14 students from her costume design and costume technology classes, who modeled creations inspired by works in the museum’s collection.

The evening ended with something Wintour never imagined for the Met Gala: the signature Western Pennsylvania cookie table.

Seen: Richard M. Scaife Director/CEO Anne Kraybill, Barry Numerick, Christopher Hahn, Joyce Candi Grove, Ellen Swank, Kathy Longacre, Sally Loughran, Linda Assard, Michael Philopena, Jill Briercheck, Mark and Kaaren Tintori, Mud and Phyllis Kluska, Anita Manoli, Pat Condo and Jan Taylor-Condo, Kary Milan, Tina Booth, Keith Schaefer, Gerald and Teri Bowes, Matt Cerimele and Tiffany Taylor, Steve and Candy Squires and fashion blogger Samantha Barna in a vintage Rizkallah for Malcolm Starr brocade gown.

Shirley McMarlin is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Shirley at 724-836-5750, [email protected] or via Twitter .

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