Photos by Lydia Bittner-Baird
It was a Vogue-worthy evening when Wells Fargo Private Bank, SOCO Gallery and The Mint Museum hosted Cocktails, Conversation, and a Book Signing with Tonne Goodman and Ivan Shaw. The celebration was in honor of Vogue Fashion Director Tonne Goodman’s new book, Point of View: Four Decades of Defining Style.
The ultra-chic attendees gathered for cocktails on the lawn of the Mint Museum’s Randolph Road location before being seated under a modern tent for a light supper and a program focused on Tonne’s storied career as a fashion influencer.
Surrounded by stunning flowers from Watered Garden Florist, Tonne and fellow legend Ivan, Vogue’s director of Photography and producer of the book, were interviewed on stage by the Mint Museum’s new president and CEO Todd A. Herman. (Ivan is also famous for being the inspiration for the beloved character Nigel in The Devil Wears Prada.)
“It was an incredible honor to host Tonne and Ivan in Charlotte,” SOCO Gallery owner Chandra Johnson says. “Tonne is an enormous part of fashion history. It was a privilege to hear about the numerous iconic fashion images she has created over the years and how she shaped her eye to be one of the most influential editors of our generation.”
The idea for the evening began because book signings are such a strong part of the programming at SOCO Gallery. Chandra was working with Ivan on a previous SOCO Gallery signing of Around That Time: Horst at Home in Vogue when he mentioned Tonne’s new publication. “I jumped at the opportunity to bring her to Charlotte,” Chandra says. “I was delighted The Mint Museum and Wells Fargo partnered with us for the event.”
Each guest received a copy of the gorgeous visual biography, which Tonne signed. But that may not be the end.
After such an engaging and positive evening, Tonne and Ivan became huge fans of Charlotte. “Ivan is quickly becoming a Queen City regular and we are already in discussion about another signing for a book he is producing with Jim Moore from GQ,” Chandra says.