Dinosaur on a pink leash

Dinosaur on a pink leash

The Luminato Festival held an inaugural “Big Bang Bash” gala featuring the unveiling of the Dolls exhibition by celebrated fashion designers, Viktor&Rolf, at the Royal Ontario Museum’s Thorsell Spirit House. The eerie and fascinating exhibit is free from June 9th to June 30th as part of the Luminato Festival celebrations. Check out our previous feature on the dolls here.

So on the evening of the Big Bang Bash, the theme was pink with a pink carpet greeting guests at the ROM’s entrance and inside there was a gigantic pink dress in honour of Viktor&Rolf with a pink leash around the neck of the gigantic dinosaur exhibit, the Futalognkosaurus, in the main lobby. What a nice touch! Guests were encouraged to stick their hand into the giant dress and, to the shock of some guests, their hands came out with bracelets.

There was a cocktail reception to preview the new Dolls exhibition followed by a seated gala dinner with a live auction followed by an after party with a special kick-off performance by Martha Wash “The Original Weather Girl” and of course she did the Weather Girls song “It’s Raining Men” to the delight of the dancing audience.

Other attractions of the night included conveyor belts of delicious foods, special cocktails “The Bomb” and “The V&R”, a piano made into a bar, artists sketching portraits of guests, and Luminato Festival’s charismatic Artistic Director Jorn Weisbrodt wearing glittering gold pants!


Jeanne Beker

Jeanne Beker

right: Jorn Weisbrodt

right: Jorn Weisbrodt


Martha Wash, "The Original Weather Girl"

Martha Wash, “The Original Weather Girl”

Some tweets from the evening

Love it when the jacket matches the carpet! #BBBash #Luminato

Who wants me to bid on her behalf? #youbetterpayup #Luminato #Viktor&Rolf #BBBash

Viktor&Rolf are widely recognized and respected for their conceptual glamour and provocative creations. Viktor&Rolf have staged their signature collections at spectacular shows in Paris for over twenty years while their fashion label has grown worldwide. Grounded in Womenswear since their first couture collection in Spring/Summer 1998, Viktor&Rolf have a meticulous dedication to their craft always playing with scale and proportion. Their first Menswear show in Autumn/Winter 2003 marked their successful expansion into the Menswear arena with their sophisticated yet ironic Monsieur collections. Viktor&Rolf offer complimentary lifestyle products such as luxurious accessories, Viktor&Rolf Vision and a catalogue of fragrances including FLOWERBOMB and SPICEBOMB. At their core, is the undying vision to create spectacular beauty and unexpected elegance. Visit viktor-rolf.com.

Luminato Festival is the international multi-arts festival for people open to having art change their outlook on the world. For ten days each June, the Luminato Festival transforms theatres, parks and public spaces across the city and creates a home for artists to come play, share and create. When the unexpected meets the transformative, that’s a Luminato moment. Luminato gratefully acknowledges the generous support and vision of its Founding Luminaries, SuperNova donors, and Patron Circle Members. The Festival would not be possible without the support of our Partner in Creativity, L’Oréal Canada. Luminato also proudly acknowledges the support of its Founding Government Partner the Province of Ontario, as well as the Government of Canada, the City of Toronto, and the Ontario Arts Council. Visit luminato.com.

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