It's one of the coolest events that I attend here in DC. I love antiques and anything that has some history to it particularly with prints from the late 1890s and early 1900s. While my budget doesn't allow for the purchase of a Chippendale sideboard (yet), the Washington Winter Show serves as an opportunity for interior inspiration and to see (or lust over) pieces that are highly sought out drawing vendors, collectors, and spectators from all over the United States.
The Show kicks off the DC calendar year and is the elite antiques and fine arts show in the area. The four-day event begins with Preview Night on Thursday January 12th with the show running from Friday the 13th to Sunday the 15th.
There are a few notables that I want to mention about this:
One: First and foremost, it's a charity event. All proceeds from ticket sales go to support underserved or at-risk children and families here in the DC area. Believe it or not, the show has raised more than $8 million over the past 60 years. #Goals
Two: The luncheons are INCREDIBLE. Last year's was hosted by James Farmer - interior designer, chef, and all-around tastemaker born in Georgia. His speech on generational heritage was incredible serving as an important reminder to always stay true to your roots. This year's luncheon is hosted by an equally-impressive individual, wedding gown designer Lela Rose. She's a Texas native and has been featured in everything from Vogue to Southern Living. I highly (highly) recommend attending this event.
Three: Each year has a theme that compliments the "loan exhibit." This year? The Art of Style featuring a collection of paintings of Coco Chanel by Marion Pike along with fashions by the iconic designer. Marion and Coco were creative BFFs throughout the late 60s and had a cool relationship: Marion painted Coco and Coco designed custom gowns for her. I'm not sure who got the better end of the bargain. The coolest part is that this exhibit will be the first time (ever) that any of these portraits and gowns are displayed in North America. Whether you love (or hate) antiques, this in it of itself is worth going to the show.
Four: There's going to be some pretty insanely talented people there. Barry Dixon (go follow his Instagram), the Ambassador of France, Chip Callaway (he's landscaped the estates of the top-tier from Nantucket to Palm Beach), Tori Mellott (editor at Traditional Home magazine), designer Darryl Carter (named on Elle Decor's "A List" and Architectural Digest's "AD-100"), and Maria Crosby Pollard (interior designer who's known for mixing antiques with bright colors).
I'll be going to the preview night to scope things out (#blessed). If you're in DC next weekend, I highly (highly) recommend paying a visit to the Washington Winter Show even if it's just through a general admission ticket. The schedule is full of interesting talks and curated walks. Tickets are reasonable and the venue is accessible via the Metro (located on American University's campus).
I hope (read expect) to see you there.