Society: Fashion highlights MOCAD’s before party

Chuck Bennett
A model walks the runway in an outfit from the Libertine collection at Neiman Marcus during the benefit for MOCAD.

A small, fashionable group of art lovers gathered on Level Three at Neiman Marcus in Troy on Thursday in celebration of the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit’s 10th anniversary. It was a private pre-celebration to the major gala to take place on Oct. 7. Guests at the pre-party were greeted by couture cocktails and savory canapes provided by Cutting Edge Cuisine.

The highlight of the party was the personal appearance of Johnson Hartig, who is the colorful creative director and designer of the whimsical high fashion Libertine collection available at Neiman Marcus. After a few remarks from MOCAD board co-chair Elyse Foltyn, a team of gorgeous models hit the runway showing Hartig’s masterful collection to oohs and ahhs from the audience.

“The clothes are beautiful and fun and they just make you smile,” said Neiman Marcus fashion director Ken Dewey. “With the intricate details, they possess that one-of-a-kind nature much like the art installations at MOCAD, making for a perfect pairing.”

Guests included MOCAD executive director Elysia Borowy-Reeder; Foltyn’s husband, attorney David Foltyn; MOCAD president Marsha Miro; and MOCAD board member Danialle Karmanos.

Lindsey Barile, left, Johnson Hartig, Renee Janovsky and Ken Dewey enjoy the event. The MOCAD anniversary celebration is Oct. 7.

The Oct. 7 event at MOCAD will celebrate its 10th anniversary in Detroit’s resurgent Midtown neighborhood and cultural center. This milestone gala will feature handcrafted cocktails, a seated dinner paired with lively entertainment by DJ Mother Cyborg, and rare one-of-a kind art auction items. This year’s auction exhibition will include a special section highlighting Detroit-based artists. The auction will be curated by MOCAD’s Susanne Feld Hilberry Gallery Senior Curator-at-Large Jens Hoffmann and Borowy-Reeder. For gala ticket information, contact Director of Philanthropy Emily Remington at

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