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Arts / Museums

The Best Museum Gift Shop Ever?

Nasher’s Buzzy Makeover Puts It in the Running, Wows Dallas Power Players

BY // 09.19.17
photography Daniel Driensky

What: Celebrating Donald Fowler’s reimagining of the Nasher Store

Where: The Nasher Sculpture Center

PC Moment: Between the Seletti monkey lamp swinging from the ceiling to the crocodile bib necklace by Elizabeth Wimpress, the eyes and minds of those in attendance were simultaneously stimulated and satisfied.

A positively beaming Donald Fowler greeted friends and arts patrons, whose conversations buzzed and then trailed off again as they became entranced by Emmanuel Berry’s book of Rodin photographs or engaged in studying a puzzlingly beautiful object (what is that mesmerizing green sheen on those earrings? Actual beetle wings).

Also overheard: “I’ve never seen these outside of Paris!” (referring to the selection of IZIPIZI glasses). And, on everyone’s lips, “this is my new go-to gift shop” — whether for a lucky recipient or oneself.

Any one of the carefully curated offerings at Nasher Store, whether a witty gift card or a striking objet d’art, promise to add an elusive element of playful sophistication to any room, ensemble, or situation.

Holiday Gifting

  • Loeffler Randall - Clutch
  • Mariquite Masterson
  • Oscar De La Renta - Earrings
  • Loeffler Randall - Shoes
  • Bond No 9 - Candle
  • Nocturne Studio
  • Cle Du Peau - Lip Gloss
  • Oscar De La Renta - Clutch
  • Casa di Lino
  • Cle Du Peau - Nail Polish
  • Bond No 9 - Perfume
  • Mariquite Masterson

In an effort to be inclusive, custom “Future Art Critic” onesies Fowler had made for discerning littles hang alongside Salvador Dali-illustrated editions of Alice in Wonderland, elevating the gift game regardless of age.

Who: Lynn McBee, Nick Even, Rod Jones and Nancy Perot, Chloe Wimpress, James Wimpress, Mona Cochran, Bonnie Schiffman, Susan McIntyre, Tracy Mott, Julie Gowin, Paige Weaver, Masoud Moradi, Yvette Gonzalez, Lina Zee, Michael Malouf, Deborah Scott, Robert Weatherly, Alison Scholz, Jordan Bierfeld, Kay and Gene Lunceford, Hannah Atkison, Geo Vincent, Clair Tompkins, Julie LloydCarrie Ellen AdamianCharlie FieldJoanne LevyDonna KunKat ColeChesley AntoinetteMallory BrownLeigh HutchinsonAmber LeoneRuss TribbleLina ZiaScott and Gail RolsethTeri ZalenkskiLisa LeBlancAnita Braun, Shannon Brame, and Gae Whitener.

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