Sterling Qualities

Shining Brightly During the Dallas Museum of Art’s Silver Supper

Billy Fong  |  Photos by Bruno
May 02, 2013
Event Date:
March 01, 2013

When Ann Hobson throws a party, I’m always eager to see the results of her chic eye. So when she and Melissa Fetter joined creative forces to co-chair The Dallas Museum of Art’s annual Silver Supper fund-raiser for the DMA’s delicious Decorative Arts program, a smashing evening honoring Margot Perot ensued. Reminiscent of an old-world salon (perhaps they were channeling their love of Downton Abbey), a gorgeous room was filled with a perfect mix of the established Dallas social set and the new guard. After the snoozefest that was the Oscars, I was thrilled to see a parade of glamour. Stealing the show were Ann Hobson in plum Christian Dior; Jennifer Eagle and Mason Custard, both in Lela Rose; Melinda Knowles in Badgley Mischka; and Abigail Sinwell in Prada. Other works of art: former DMA director Bonnie Pitman, Cindy Schwartz, Rebecca and Barron Fletcher, Carrie and Steven Becker, Margaret McDermott, Marguerite Hoffman, Ann and Trey Fielder, Catherine and Will Rose, and Caren Prothro.

For those of you who might recall, I vowed to pose a party question at each event this season. As I drove over from Fort Worth that evening, I came up with: “If you were a Ewing, which one would you want to be?” My answer, of course, is Val from the Knots Landing offshoot, since she got to sleep with Gary and would get drunk during the day and then slip on some thigh-high boots for carpooling. Most of the men in attendance wanted to be J.R., since the concept of getting to be a royal ass seemed like fun. As expected, a few girls went with Sue Ellen, since she was the original cougar and got to sleep with John Ross’ swim coach, the young Christopher Atkins. After gathering my responses, I have to say that Abigail and Andrew Sinwell are the perfect Pam and Bobby. And, hands down, the quintessential Miss Ellie (the one who really ran the Ewing posse) is Ann Hobson.