The Andy Warhol Museum Gala

This weekend, I had the privilege of attending The Andy Warhol Museum’s 30th Anniversary Gala! It was such an incredible night – the museum transformed the space at the Carrie Blast Furnace, a remnant of Pittsburgh’s steel mill history, into an industrial chic dream of an event space. I don’t write outfit posts very often, but I had so much fun coming up with a look that felt on theme for this event, and I wanted to share!

I love how fun and bright Andy Warhol’s pop art pieces are. The event was also highlighting KAWS, who, like Warhol, has art that toes the line commercialism, and is almost cartoony at times (these are my own casual words – I am not an art expert!). So when I looked for a dress, I really wanted it to be fun, and I wanted it to be artsy and a little bit whimsical. Once I spotted this AlĂ©mais dress, I knew it was perfect and I had to have it. It’s actually a collaboration with the artist and illustrator, Lou Benesch, and I loved the mythological-inspired print. It’s an old dress and out of stock, though, so I had to hunt it down through Poshmark – this listing still has two sizes available, but it’s tough to find! I love it so much, and I know I’ll get a ton of wear out of it in the future. It’s the kind of dress that can easily be dressed up or down depending on the accessories!

My other favorite part of my outfit was my bag – this silver star shaped faux-balloon bag! One of Andy Warhol’s most famous exhibits (in my mind, at least!) is the “Silver Clouds” room at the Warhol Museum. It’s a room that has silver mylar balloons floating around it, and you can touch and throw and play with them. I was actually trying to help my sister find a bag when I spotted the star balloon one, and I couldn’t resist the Warhol homage! It ended up being even more perfect than I could’ve imagined, because when you walked in to the gala, one of the walls was completely covered in miniature silver balloons, so I matched! (My backup was going to be this crystal heart bag, which also would’ve been so fun.)

I lucked out with my shoes, because I can fit in kids sizes, and found a pair of mustard yellow (low) block heels with a little pouf on the front, which popped out from the bottom of my dress! In women’s shoes, this pair and this pair are both really similar. For accessories, I didn’t want to go too wild, because the dress already had a lot going on! So I went with this star sequin necklace, which I already own and love, and my normal rings (this one adds such a statement to any outfit). I also added in this statement ring, and a little beaded bracelet for a pop of color (again, I went with the kid’s size, but they make it in women’s, too). And these earrings were the perfect dangly addition.

It was such a fun night overall – I loved being able to commit to a theme with my outfit, and of course, I loved being able to celebrate and honor Warhol and KAWS.

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