Scene Last Night: Richard Parsons, John Mahoney, Joanna Rose's 651 Quilts

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E. Peyton Cochran, a designer and founder of the Young Patron Committee of the American Folk Art Museum, and Richard Parsons, chairman of Citigroup.

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E. Peyton Cochran, a designer and founder of the Young Patron Committee of the American Folk Art Museum, and Richard Parsons, chairman of Citigroup. Close

E. Peyton Cochran, a designer and founder of the Young Patron Committee of the American Folk Art Museum, and Richard... Read More

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Serge Tismen, managing director, M&A, Citigroup Investment Banking, and his wife, Ida Liu, head of the Fashion, Retail and Consumer Group at Citi Private Bank. She was wearing a dress and shoes designed by Vivienne Tam. Close

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Paula Mahoney, retired after 15 years on Wall Street, and John Mahoney, a partner at Goldman Sachs. Close

Paula Mahoney, retired after 15 years on Wall Street, and John Mahoney, a partner at Goldman Sachs.

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"Infinite Variety," an exhibit of 651 quilts, is at the Park Avenue Armory until Wednesday. Close

"Infinite Variety," an exhibit of 651 quilts, is at the Park Avenue Armory until Wednesday.

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Elizabeth Warren, a curator of the exhibition "Infinite Variety," delivers remarks about her work on the show. Close

Elizabeth Warren, a curator of the exhibition "Infinite Variety," delivers remarks about her work on the show.

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Table settings for the dinner, which included watercress and leek soup, Lobster Newburg and a salad of dandelion greens. Close

Table settings for the dinner, which included watercress and leek soup, Lobster Newburg and a salad of dandelion greens.

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Cornelia Guest, who catered the event, talking with Lucy Danziger, a trustee of the American Folk Art Museum. Close

Cornelia Guest, who catered the event, talking with Lucy Danziger, a trustee of the American Folk Art Museum.

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Tony Calabrese, in Bonobos pants, with his girlfriend, Alton Frazier, in a Black Halo dress and Matthew Williamson belt. Calabrese works in finance and Frazier is studying to be a teacher after a career in fashion. Close

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Valentin and Yaz Hernandez, in a Krizia dress. Prior to the dinner celebrating the American Folk Art Museum's quilt exhibition, the couple attended a party for Accion, a microfinance and microlending organization. Close

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Wine jelly with English cream, and strawberries with whipped cream were offered for dessert. The wine jelly was "served frequently during the social events of the early White House years," Cornelia Guest, the event's caterer, said. Close

Wine jelly with English cream, and strawberries with whipped cream were offered for dessert. The wine jelly was... Read More

The towering display of quilts in the Drill Hall of the Park Avenue Armory Thursday night managed to dwarf even the 6-foot-4 frame of Citigroup Inc. (C) Chairman Richard D. Parsons.

“You can do things with space,” Parsons said.

He sat on a red chair at one end of the 50,000-square-foot hall and gazed at 651 red-and-white quilts suspended in the air, draped on chairs and laid flat.

The gala was for the benefit of the American Folk Art Museum, and the quilts came from the collection of Joanna S. Rose. Many guests dressed to coordinate: There were red-and- white checkered garden gloves, Jimmy Choo red-satin heels, and a sprinkling of rubies and diamonds.

“The shoes are my naughty shoes,” Stacey Hollander, the museum’s chief curator, said about the cardinal-red open-toed shoes fastened to her ankles with red laces and revealing matching toenail polish.

Tony Calabrese, who works in finance, wore red corduroys by Bonobos, which he bought for the occasion.

“It’s baseball-stitch red,” said the former minor-league baseball player.

“I missed the memo about the dress code,” said Parsons, who was wearing a navy suit. His wife, Laura, the chairman of the museum, wore a white dress.

Cornelia Guest, the event’s caterer, wore black.

“Had I worn white, going in and out of the kitchen, well, I would have looked like a Messy Marvin,” Guest said.

Lobster Newberg

The meal featured watercress and leek soup paired with Louis Jadot Macon-Villages 2009. When the Lobster Newburg arrived, waiters poured Morgon Chateau des Lumieres Cote du Py 2006. Strawberries and cream and vegan chocolate-chip cookies were served in the Tiffany Room with Grand Enclos Chateau de Cerons 2005.

The only wrinkle was that Rose, the quilt collector extraordinaire, didn’t stay longer. After a quick tour at the start of cocktails, she departed, leaving others to marvel at her acquisitions, which will blanket the armory through March 30.

“It’s visually stunning,” said Goldman Sachs partner John Mahoney.

(Amanda Gordon is a writer and photographer for Muse, the arts and leisure section of Bloomberg News. Any opinions expressed are her own.)

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