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Salvador Dali Gala at Hazelton Lanes
Wednesday September 6

by Rolyn chambers


I've always appreciated the works or Spanish surrealist artist Salvador Dali (1904-1989.) His famous paintings and bronze sculptures depicting melted clocks, elephants on stilts and women with cupboard drawers opening from their elongated bodies is like being inside the magnificent mind of someone's wildly adventurous acid trip. Recently Hazelton Galleries in Yorkville hosted a gala to celebrate their new Salvador Dali Exhibit.

As we enter the catered affair, Dali's enormous 142-inch bronze "Woman Aflame" statue sits in the courtyard greeting us with a silent hello, her left hand outstretched. Displayed over two floors, guests, including decadent designer brothers David Dixon and Glen Dixon, are privileged to not just interact with some of Dali's most famous pieces like "Dance Of Time II," "Profile Of Time" and "Space Elephant," but also (which mush be a treat for fashion legend David) fashion inspired by these works. Vivia Ferragmo's "Cycle Of Life" strapped dress is elegant and restrained. If you were not told of its muse you would never have known it was given life by Dali's piece "Profile Of Time." Korean designer Yung In's patchwork kilt dress, on the other hand, is unmistakably Dali. With images of his iconic melted clocks oozing out of multi-coloured wooden drawers set against a blue sky-like backdrop, the dress becomes a painting.

Unlike the chicken or the egg debate, it is clear that Dali's works have inspired design. His trademark absurdity is perfect for fashion. Even Vogue editor Anna Wintour owns a beaded white dress emblazoned with his oft-copied red lobster. Dali's lesser-known watercolours, also on display, depict a much more down to earth quality (a trait that many would never expect from Dali). The subtle colours used are also inspiration for the fashions we see on the white mannequins tonight. The exhibit is currently running. Go see it before your acid kicks in.