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Andy Warhol Museum Fund Raising Evening – Sponsored by Ask the Monsters

Beatrice Lessi

Let the Party Start

What happens when you put some impressive sponsors together? A party! And what are exactly the details?


In New York: at iconic Le Cirque Restaurant for dinner, then, for the after-party,  in the stunning Halston House, former home of designer Halston and of Gunther Sachs (who was married to Brigitte Bardot), where Andy Warhol and his circle of friends once partied.

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Waiting for a drink at Le Cirque – all guests are arriving.


To raise money for The Andy Warhol Museum. If you are interested in visiting, here is our experience about it: The Andy Warhol Museum Day Trip.

The Sponsors

Ask the Monsters as lead sponsor; The Andy Warhol Museum board; Michael ChowCynthia FriedmanLarry GagosianDominique LevyPeter MarinoDemetrios and Kathe PatrinosChristoph Van de Weghe.

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American art dealer Larry Gagosian. Photo: http://wallpaper222.com/

Some More Cool People

Debbie Harry

I am a huge admirer of Deborah Harry and of her music. She is best known as the lead singer of Blondie and I listened – and listen – to their records for hours and hours. Debbie was  a wonderful guest: people (me included) kept going to her telling her “I am such a fan of yours!”, and she took time for everybody. During the sing-along for all guests, she got up from her seat and sang the theme from ‘All in the Family”.

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Deborah Harry singing improptu at the party – what a honour!

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Debbie Harry and the Monsters. Dostinja wears Jimmy Choo boots, Zara top and Chanel handbag. Beatrice wears Hallhuber by Schild dress, Fendi belt, Blumarine boots and Sergio Rossi boots.

Paige Powell

Photographer Paige Powell, Warhol’s confidant and Basquiat’s ex girlfriend, brought some never seen before pictures of both Andy and Jean-Michel. Paige has been sitting on (“literally; they were stashed in boxes under the bed,” she says) a treasure trove that’s remained largely unexamined. She has finally started to archive it and showcase it to the world.

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Warhol’s confidant Paige Powell striking a pose at Le Cirque.

Peter Marino

We are in love with fashion and architecture, so we were star-struck by Peter Marino. He is the world’s most sought after architect of luxury fashion stores (his works include the Louis Vuitton, Christian Dior, Armani, Fendi, Calvin Klein and Zegna flasgship stores), an art lover and connoisseur, and a man with a wild fashion sense. His bad cop look was amazing!

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From left: Paper Magazine co-founder Kim Hastreiter, fashion designer Isabel Toledo, superstar architect Peter Marino, Ruben Toledo, and Peter O’Toole enjoying the evening at Le Cirque.

Trudie Goetz and Theo Grigoriadis

The absolute top of fashion and luxury in Switzerland – go to one of the Trois Pommes stores if you want to know where trends are: Trudie Goetz and Theo Grigoriadis.

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Dostinja with Theo and Trudie posing for one of the photographers.

Halston House and the after-party

After dinner, a line of limos took everybody from Le Cirque to 101 East 63 Street, to Halston House.

The legendary former residence of Halston, where Andy Warhol, Liza Minnelli, Bianca Jagger, supermodel Pat Cleveland and many more once partied, still retains  the spectacular looks and atmosphere of the 70s decadent-disco-glamour era, when it became a “home-away-from-home” for Andy Warhol.

We had a tour through “101” and loved the iconic decor, photographs, paintings and stairs made to dance on.

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Dostinja enters Halston House.

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Dostinja in front of many pictures of guests, former owners, and “Halstonettes”, how girls surrounding Halston were called.

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The dining table was generally set up as a bar and buffet. The menus mainly consisted of caviar, potatoes, champagne and cocaine. “Often the potato course was passed over.”
(Halston biographer Steven Gaines).

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Almost like in the old days? Beatrice and Judith Evans Thomas.

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Dostinja on the top floor.

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A Brigitte Bardot portrait by Andy Warhol in the top floor bedroom – Gunther Sachs, who bought 101 from Halston, was married to the actress.