Texas BioMedical Forum Gala Celebrates With Vintage Appeal
By Jake Gaines
Photography by Greg Harrison
THE SCENE: One summer evening, men in tuxedos and women in black and white gowns, faces adorned with masquerade masks of all shapes and sizes gathered at The Argyle for the annual Texas BioMedical Forum Gala. The theme, taken from Truman Capote’s lauded black and white-themed 1966 event renowned as The Party of the Century, mirrored the historic soirée’s aesthetic in more ways beyond the attire. Just as Capote envisioned his guests being the “flowers” of the evening, the gala allowed the guests with their elaborate masks amongst a sea of black and white decor to serve as the centerpieces of the evening.
THE VIBE: Staying true to Capote’s vision, every detail was carefully considered from the vintage photos of the original Black & White Gala party that adorned the back wall of the party tent, to the quotes on each table card, even down to the wax seal on the invitations. The goal was the same as Capote’s: to create an unforgettable event for the glam guests.
The night was beautiful and elegant, and much like the man who inspired it, the evening had a quirky lightheartedness as well. Inspired by Breakfast at Tiffany’s, the event inspired a mood “dizzy with excitement,” and although the esthetic was classic, ghost chairs and opulent hydrangeas abounded, resulting in a feel that was both vintage and modern at the same time.
Gala guests enjoyed frozen champagne In Cold Blood cocktails in a nod to the author’s most famous work. Internationally acclaimed artist, Bryson Brooks, created a live event painting that would later be auctioned. After the seated dinner was served throughout The Argyle, guests moved to the tent to join the after party at the plaza, where they danced the night away to Jordan Khan, who kept the party bopping all night.
THE CAUSE: This year’s gala, organized by gala chair Sara Walker and co-chair Jody Lutz, raised a record-breaking sum from both private and corporate donors. These funds will be used as seed money to fund projects in the idea stage at the Texas BioMedical Research Institute. Forum president Amanda Bezner stated, “The mission of the Forum has always been to act as ambassadors for Texas BioMed. It was an evening our guests and the scientists at Texas BioMed will always remember.”