The Washington Winter Show - it's one of my favorite events that I've been going to for the past three years. I've mentioned it a handful of times and honestly can't say enough great things about it. From the speakers to the exhibitors to the yearly lecture and luncheon (Thomas Farmer in '16 and Lela Rose in '17 where both phenomenal), the show is an incredible opportunity for anyone interested in antiques. Best of all, The Washington Winter Show is put on solely to support at-risk children and families within the Washington, D.C. area (this year's supported charities can be found here).
I'm super humbled (and excited) to be co-chairing this year's Young Collector's Committee and hope you'll help me in spreading the word about this year's show. Here's four reasons you should go :)
ONE: Over the past 62 years, the show has done some incredible work (to the tune of $8.5 million dollars) for local charities here in D.C. All ticket sales go directly to these charities with this year's benefactors being Founders Board of St. John’s Community Services, The Bishop John T. Walker School for Boys, & THEARC.
TWO: THE. LUNCHEON. IS. AWESOME. The first year I went it was hosted by James Farmer (interior designer, chef, and all-around tastemaker born in Georgia who talked about heritage and incorporating family heirlooms into your contemporary lifestyle) and last year was Lela Rose (an American fashion designer who basically gave everyone a crash course on being an epic host/hostess). This year Charlotte Moss is hosting making the luncheon no less than incredible. Her style and use of color when it comes to interior design is amazing. Tickets are going to sell out quick for this and can be purchased here.
THREE: Each year the show has a loan exhibit with a different theme. Last year was The Art of Style that featured works of and gowns by Coco Chanel. This year's theme is Chinoiserie - it's basically the western interpretation of Chinese style as seen through textiles, furniture, wallpaper, and more. In all honesty, I don't know too much about the genre and am looking forward to learning about its history and influence today.
FOUR: The antiques. From the prints to the furniture to the pieces right out of American history, the show brings together the best collectors across North America with items that you just don't come across everyday. Regardless of what your budget is, the show is a great opportunity to learn about antiques all while benefiting some great charities.