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Joining me at the Los Angeles Antique, Design & ?????? Show on ????? Night, were, from left, FIDM Fashion Council member, FIDM ?????????? Mima Ransom and FIDM Curator Kevin Jones????. The evening benefit FIDM's ????????.

Joining me at the Los Angeles Jewelry, Antiques, & Design Show on Opening Night Preview Party, were, from left, FIDM Museum Fashion Council member Mona Nesseth, FIDM Museum Fashion Council Founding Chair Mima Ransom and FIDM Museum & Galleries Curator Kevin Jones. The evening benefited the FIDM Museum Fashion Council.

Experiencing the Los Angeles Jewelry, Antiques & Design Show at the LA Convention Center for the first time was quite memorable. My dear friend J.P. Hayden of Hayden & Fandetta Rare Books was one of the show’s more than 70 exhibitors, and he invited me to the Opening Night Preview Party, which benefited the FIDM Museum Fashion Council. Mona Nesseth, who serves on Fashion Council, engaged a huge party bus for a cadre of her Orange County friends to travel to the show and enjoy champagne and truffles along the way. Needless to say, a good time was had by all!

As people entered the show, FIDM featured a beautiful Robe a l’Anglaise from Great Britain, c. 1780, in metallic brocaded silk damask and metal lace from the Helen Larson Historic Fashion Collection. It was stunning! Representing the FIDM Museum & Galleries was Curator Kevin Jones and FIDM Museum Fashion Council Founding Chair Mima Ransom.

There were so many treasures in the show I could hardly take it all in. Antique and estate jewelry, furniture, furnishings, Asian antiquities, antique and modern silver, antiquities, porcelain, glass, textiles, sculpture, books, tribal art, and more. Adding to that next door was the 20th Annual LA Art Show, which featured modern, contemporary, historic and traditional fine art from 120 galleries, representing 22 countries. It was a plethora of artistry!

I spotted Hutton Wilkinson and his darling wife Ruth at his exhibit right away. He worked with and designed with the late, great Tony Duquette and is the keeper of the flame for the design legend. You couldn’t miss the Duquette/Wilkinson show-stopper statement jewelry (see photos). The pieces were sensational! The estate jewelry pieces from Moira Fine Jewellery in London were beautiful and the more contemporary designs of Yvel were eye-catching as well.

I was impressed with the design of the classical mahogany chairs, which were part of the National Exhibition of China, and the tribal art and textiles bear mention. J.P. Hayden drew quite a crowd with interest in his rare books. He has a fabulous collection.

Venturing into the LA Art Show area, I found the Copro Gallery masks of Salvador Dali and Andy Warhol absolutely riveting! My friend Sandie Ward thought so too. She’s kissing Dali in one of my photos! Successful gallery owner Peter Blake of the Peter Blake Gallery in Laguna Beach was exhibiting his modern and contemporary art. It was nice to see him there.

I have to say that the art from M.S. Rau Antiques in New Orleans blew me away. Paintings by such renowned artists as Chagall, Monet, Van Gogh, and Turner – and a bronze by Rodin – among many other works of art, were on view at close range and valued in the millions of dollars. My heart skipped a beat!

When we got back on the motorcoach????for the ride home, I met some of Mona’s artist friends. They included jewelry artist Karin Worden from Silver Blue & Gold in Laguna Beach, Francois Langin, a gifted furniture and interiors wood artist (he worked on the palace of the King of Morocco), enamel artist David Freda (who fabricates and creates Tiffany’s orchids and butterflies), and metalsmith and author Trish McAleer.

All in all, it was an artist’s respite from start to finish!

Photo of Sandie Ward with Dali courtesy of Ward