Last night’s sudden downpour wasn’t about to dampen the spirits of the 500 guests attending the Brooklyn Botanic Garden’s Spring Gala. “It’s very festive, in spite of the weather!” laughed Laura Hansplant. Ms. Hansplant wasn’t put off by the sudden location change to the great indoors and said she was mostly looking forward to seeing the “spectacular dresses,” designed by Nicole Dextras and constructed from flowers.
The dresses in question were inspired by the design of the newly opened visitor center. “I’m primarily inspired by nature and in particular the flowers and leaves I find in my own garden, but due to the opening of this new center I took my main inspiration from the living roof,” Ms. Dextras said as we watched one of the three models walk past, dressed head to toe in banana leaves, roses and moss. “I wasn’t worried about the rain, as these dresses are completely natural. It was more a case of having their make-up run.” Read More