David Patrick Columbia's New York Social Diary

30 April 2012

Ladies luncheons, the art of packaging, and alumnae aid

Ward Landrigan and Nico Landrigan, Chairman and President of Verdura, hosted an invitation-only party to honor FIT's Couture Council members and their tireless support of The Museum at FIT, Manhattan's premiere museum of fashion. Joining the Landrigan's at their jewelry-box salon overlooking Central Park was co-host Eleanora Kennedy, Couture Council Board member, and Valerie Steele, Director of the Museum at FIT.

Sipping cocktails, guests perused the Spring 2012 Verdura collection and recent additions to the company's Museum Collection of vintage Verdura. Mrs. Kennedy wore one of these, a 1967 Lily of the Valley Brooch of gold, platinum, emeralds, diamonds and pearls which was commissioned in the 1940s by Baroness Liliane de Rothschild and crafted from the baby teeth of her children (now replaced by pearls).

Dr. Steele wore the "Comedy and Tragedy Mask" brooch of gold emeralds, sapphires, pearls and diamonds created for Claire Booth Luce. When she won a Tony award for "The Women" in 1940, Luce was disappointed to learn that her beloved Tony was too heavy to be converted into a brooch so her good friends Jock and Betsy Whitney commissioned this as a Christmas present in 1941.

Alison Minton and Adele Bove