In mere hours, (well 11) wine will be a flowin’, conversation a hummin’ and the arts leaders of today and tomorrow will be celebrated starting at 8 pm at the EALS Benefit at Studio Gallery. All proceeds of the benefit will go to putting on April 15th’s Emerging Arts Leader’s Symposium.

Buy your tickets here or at the door for $15!

Now you may be coming to enjoy the incredible art (Elizabeth Grusin-Howe), guzzle wine with the witty Wineboy (Ryan Wegman), jam along to the live jazz (The Burning Wicks), have your picture snapped by DC’s best dynamic photographer (Cedric Terrell) or perhaps because you are/know/were once an emerging arts leader and want to show your support.

Or maybe you’re coming, as I am, for this very line:

Dress with the inspiration of your favorite art

Hell, yeah.

I LOVE dressing up. In college I went greek mostly for the joy of attending mixers with questionable titles such as “Hoes and Bros” (I may have made an appearance to that one as Lil Wayne, all photographic evidence has been since destroyed). Halloween was always a three night extravaganza where each party warranted a wardrobe change. While these days running around a fraternity house in a get-up made mostly of duct tape sounds about as appealing as plunging my entire head into hot oil, I do miss the “getting ready” part.  That’s the creative part where you use clothing, make-up and a variety of hair styling tools that look like torture devices to literally make an entirely different creation with yourself as the canvas.

Tonight’s benefit is an opportunity to do just that. Dress like your favorite artists, your favorite art form, or even your favorite art piece. Our very lovely hostess, Jennie Sue, will be appearing as Pollock’s Number 7 (she has a dress, I’m told).  So the question remains, what will you wear?

For those of you who are lacking the inspiration or decided the best mode of action would be to ignore line, “Dress with the inspiration of your favorite art” I have created the below GUIDE to help you inspire you while picking your fancy dress this evening.

EALS Benefit: A Guide to Dressing the Part

Inspiration: SALVADOR DALÍ

When it comes to eccentricity, Dali will always be my king. The artist had a great interest in fashion from his 1936 Aphrodisiac Jacket to the infamous 1937 Lobster Dress . To achieve either of these looks is simple:

Dress: Find white dress and lobster stickers or stamps. Combine. Presto!

Jacket: Steal your father’s dinner coat and hot glue on 81 various types of drink-ware. Filling glasses with creme de menthe and dead flies is elective.

Still stumped? Glue on some freaky facial hair, walk around with an expression of permanent surprise and go as the artist himself. Rooster optional.

Inspiration: RAY CHARLES

Called by Sinatra, “the only true genius in show business”, Ray Charles is a classic dress-up option. While you may not have his talent nor his glaucoma, stealing his style is easy!

It’s all in the sunglasses.

While you are unlikely to be in possession of a pair of Billy Stickles originals, you can still fake it for cheap or shell out like a hipster. From there add a snazzy suit (I suggest pin stripes) and bow tie and you’re ready to make some “Sweet Memories.”

Inspiration: FRIDA KAHLO

Doesn’t matter how you feel about her use of (or lack of use of) tweezers there’s not denying Kahlo was a brilliant and passionate artist. While it may be a tall order to grow out your unibrow by 8 pm tonight, a little eyeliner can go a long way.

Frida was all about lavish layers of colors. Pull on a brightly patterned frock and drape yourself with as many shawls you can handle.

Check out this girl’s video on Frida inspired hair and make-up then top it all off with a pair of big Chandelier earrings and you’re ready to stare angrily across the room at your artist lover, and possibly throw a drink at his head.

Inspiration: The Son of Man by René Magritte

Magritte’s witty and thought provoking works always encourage viewers to look twice. Your Son of Man outfit is sure to do the same.

While only the double jointed can mimic the man’s off putting left arm, the recipe for an outfit of mystery is relatively painless. A classic gray overcoat + red tie (learn how to tie one here)+ Chaplin hat + a leafy Granny Smith = one enigmatic outfit.

Plus if you get hungry after the benefit, you can always eat the apple..

Inspiration: Ambassadeurs: Aristide Bruant dans son cabaret by Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec

Best part of dressing like Ambassadeurs is that you really only need two items to make the outfit work: one long red scarf plus one floppy black hat and your in business.

Aristide Bruant, the cabaret singer in the painting, wore a red shirt, black velvet jacket, high boots, and a long red scarf when performing at the club Le Chat Noir.

Brown gloves are encouraged but we will ask you to relinquish and kind of stick-like item before entering the gallery.

Ultimately we don’t care what you wear, as long as you show up!

Looking forward to seeing you tonight!

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