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“Sippin’ in Seersucker” Melds Fashion and Feasting for The Ogden Museum of Southern Art

Darryl Berger, honoree Gina Phillips and Roger Ogden

Photographed by Melissa Calico

The Ogden Museum of Southern Art made a classic Southern fashion statement with its May event, “Sippin’ in Seersucker” at the Shops at Canal Place. Guests kicked off summer in the South by donning their best seersucker ensembles and supporting the largest collection of Southern art in the world.

Elizabeth and Clifton LeBlanc; Jennifer Lotz; Justin Shiels; Erica Washington; and Carla Morphy Adams of Shops at Canal Place and co-founder of the event, helped put together a stylish and sophisticated evening. The event also bestowed artist Gina Phillips with the Legacy Award for her outstanding contributions to the New Orleans arts and cultural landscape.

Partygoers relaxed with luscious libations, such as classic mint juleps, which were compliments of Buffalo Trace and Wild Turkey, and delectable dining delights including fare from Cleaver & Co., Mother’s, Houston’s, Liberty’s Kitchen and Dickie Brennan’s Steakhouse. With cocktails in hand, guests “got their groove on” to the music of Luke Winslow-King, who opened the soirée, and the main act Bonerama. The Ogden also hosted a spectacular silent auction that featured six different themed packages to choose from, such as “indulgence” and “wine.” Top items included a $1,000 gift card to the Shops at Canal Place and a weekend stay at the luxurious Hotel Monteleone.

The seersucker ensemble contest, which was the most anticipated attraction of the evening, awarded two “Best Dressed” winners: Tabitha Bethune, whose multi-colored seersucker gown she had created especially for the event, and Bethany Lamanski, whose dress was a gorgeous blue seersucker with fun highlights.

Event at a Glance

What: “Sippin’ in Seersucker,” benefiting the Ogden
When: Friday, May 10
Where: Shops at Canal Place

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