Like the Chinese festival for which it is named, the Pacific Asia Museum's 10th annual Festival of the Autumn Moon on Sunday was a gently romantic gathering. Even as guests milled around the small tree-studded museum courtyard, drinks in hand, laughing, chatting and bidding on items in the silent auction, it was somehow possible to withdraw--to sit by the pond, contemplating the koi while soft zither-like sounds of a koto played in the background.
Actually, this was the festival open house. For $25 per person, there was Trader Joe's wine, Culinary Council hors d'oeuvres and 300 auction items plus a chance to wander through the galleries and peek at the fine-art pieces which will be sold at the $150-per-person Festival of the Autumn Moon auction and dinner at the museum Oct. 10.
The benefit dinner will be black-tie. The open house was definitely more casual: Pasadena, Westside and Valley folks mixing in blazers and summer silks, jeans, new-for-fall knits and, for those who happened to have something--anything--purchased in the Orient, well, this was their chance.
A Jeweled Butterfly
Clothes, after all, make for conversation. Pat Diroll, wearing a Carol Lane wearable art pantsuit in green and blue Thai silk covered with applique butterflies and clouds (entitled Flanders Field), was approached by antique dealer John Mortensen, resplendent in a gold brocade hip-length kimono over a black turtleneck and red slacks. Until this moment complete strangers, he offered the stunned Diroll a jeweled butterfly to complete her ensemble.