Alexander McQueen and Frieze host dinner

Marked the opening of Frieze Art Fair 2013

Last night, Sarah Burton, creative director of Alexander McQueen, and her CEO Jonathan Akeroyd, together with Frieze founders Matthew Slotover and Amanda Sharp, hosted a dinner to celebrate the opening of Frieze Art Fair.

It was held in the eerie, historic landmark of Christ Church in Spitalfields, the venue in which Alexander McQueen presented his autumn/winter 1996 Dante collection, still regarded almost 20 years later as one of McQueen’s seminal moments.


Outside, guests from the art and fashion worlds, including Kate Moss, Florence Welch, Tracey Emin and Jeremy Deller, passed by the Jack the Ripper tour – still going strong, judging by the crowd hanging off every gory detail – before entering the famous Nicholas Hawksmoor designed church with its towering steeple and heavy white pillars.

Inside, the scene was set for the kind of decadent banquet that Henry VIII would have been proud to host. Two long grand oak tables heaving with vast floral displays by Flora Starkey and an abundance of silverware and cut glass crystal were illuminated by candlelight and waited on by men in kilts. The evening ended with a brilliant performance by the London Community Gospel Choir.


It would have been impossible for an outsider to tell who was from which world – fashion or art – such was the high style involved. You only have to visit Frieze to witness the appetite for designer fashion; there isn’t an art dealer, gallerist or artist who isn’t wearing something fabulous. And last night was no exception. While Kate Moss looked incredible in a simple black velvet dress, hair in a bun, barely a scrap of make-up; Sadie Coles, Rachel Feinstein, Maureen Paley, Tracey Emin and other art world luminaries looked equally chic.

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