Baltimore MET Gala – Joy Baltimore

Baltimore MET Gala – Joy Baltimore

The collections within the walls of the Baltimore Museum of Art weren’t the only works of art on display at the inaugural “Baltimore MET Gala.” Many of the fête’s guests were works of art themselves – turned out in glamorous over-the-top fashion: many posing for photos on the carpet leading up to the BMA’s front doors.

Inside, folks mingled in Antioch Court before a fashion show in Fox Court, featuring the work of several Baltimore fashion designers. The evening continued with performances and awards in the BMA’s auditorium, and an “after glow” party.

The event benefited JOY Baltimore, a nonprofit grassroots organization whose primary goal is to end youth homelessness in Baltimore.

Loreal Butler-Willis and Paris Ghalichi were the first guests to pose on the carpet on the BMA’s front steps, as they headed in to the gala.
Pictured (LtoR) Tanya Tymus Bellamy, Iconic Beauty CEO; and Detra Neal, event committee member
Pictured (LtoR) Ericka Alston Buck, Divine Light chief development officer; SMonique Smith, RE Harrington COO; and Paul Nettleford, Prince George’s County Office of Law attorney
Pictured – Jody Davis, event committee member and one of the fashion show’s featured designers
Pictured (LtoR) Saran Fossett, Aziza PE&CE executive director; and Nile Fossett, graduate student
Pictured (LtoR) Chance Mason and Dawn Herrell, Mason Herrell owners/designers
Pictured (LtoR) Doni Glover, BMORE News publisher; and Marc Clarke, Fox45 BmoreLifestyle & So Baltimore host
Pictured (LtoR) Dawn Moore, philanthropist; and Wes Moore, Democratic gubernatorial candidate
Pictured (LtoR) Christine Sweeney; Joe Sweeney, Atlas Restaurant Group director of marketing & public relations; and Izzi Shapiro, Atlas Restaurant Group marketing coordinator
Pictured (LtoR) Terrance Frazier, City of Gods partner; and Aaron Maybin, artist/art activist & event featured artist
Pictured (LtoR) Ashley Bush, Baltimore City Recreation & Parks chief of special events; Traci Broady, Annie E. Casey Foundation program officer; Marc Broady, Port Covington MAG Partners vice president of communications & government affairs; and Chenire Carter, Port Covington MAG Partners community relationship manager
Pictured (LtoR) Dr. Jon Brook, psychiatry consultant; Honey Book, Evermore Cannabis Company community outreach coordinator; Bryan Burkert, The Sound Garden record store owner; and Natalie Weiser, mortgage banker
Pictured (LtoR) Sterling J., wardrobe stylist; Lonnie Walker, JOY Baltimore founder; and Lana Rae, event committee member/fashion show producer

The event’s fashion show featured four local designers: Jody Davis, Different Regard, Earle Bannister, + Syeko + Evette Monique Couture

The gala’s program included performances and awards to the event’s sponsors and supporters of Joy Baltimore.

Lonnie Walker (center) presents awards to event organizers LaRian Finney (second from left) and Derrick Chase (second from right), and their wives
Event organizers (LtoR) LaRian Finney and Derrick Chase, show off the portraits presented to them from Lonnie Walker, JOY Baltimore founder

(July 30, 2022 – Baltimore Museum of Art)

Sloane Brown

Baltimore's longtime fashion and social scene reporter, Sloane is the founder/managing editor of Baltimore Snap.