Creative Time's Fall Ball Celebrates Flaming Youth, All Things Glow-in-the-Dark

Yasha Wallin

Last night it was Halloween all over again at Creative Time's annual fall ball. This year's
theme "Flaming Youth" was inspired by London's long running bohemian fete The Chelsea Arts Ball, which was once described as "the most scandalous event on the social calendar." In that tradition, the public art nonprofit --  which has produced work by over 2,000 artists around the world -- encouraged guests to "come in costume and be ready for anything." Party goers including Cecelia Dean (in a zebra mask), Marilyn Minter (in Groucho Marx glasses), Isca Greenfield Sanders, Anthony Haden Guest, Duncan Hannah, Mike Starn, Liz Swig, Dustin Yellin, and Maayan Zilberman and Nikki Dekker (the design duo behind lingerie line The Lake & Stars) did in fact come in masquerade-ball-attire wearing Marie Antoinette wigs, masks, and more elaborate: a silver space suit (artist Jacolby Satterwhite) and a Little Bo Peep dress. Those that didn't come prepared could still play dress up, thanks to a body painting room run by artist Shantell Martin that adorned attendees in everything from spirals, moustaches, and glow in the dark stars -- calling to mind the revelry of a high-brow burning man.

And while the evening wasn't as debaucherous as we imagine those of its British predecessor to have been, the party favors - including endless bottles of Nicolas Feuillatte Champagne, pizza on a pole, and the cutest quarter-size cupcakes we've ever seen -- kept spirits high. And of course, no masquerade ball would be complete without a lot of snogging, and -- thanks to DJ Mia Moretti - a lot of dancing, both of which were seen as the witching hour approached.

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