Obsessing with Persol and the Museum of Moving Images

by Amy Michelle Smith Photographed by Daniela Lavender, Sir Ben Kingsley== Legendary Eyewear Persol Magnificent Obsessions Exhibition Opening== Center 548, NYC== ©Patrick McMullan== June 16, 2011== Photo - RODIN BANICA/ ==
Friday, June 17, 2011
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It’s 9 o’clock on a Thursday night; do you know where your friends are? Well, last night they were probably at the opening party for the latest exhibition from the Museum of Moving Image, Magnificent Obsession. It seemed like everyone had come out to take part in this Persol sponsored event (was it the free sunglasses that seduced them?) and none were disappointed by the beautifully curated installation.

Aptly titled, the series celebrates the obsessive craft, passion and dedication that go into making great films. That being said, it was well-suited that the evening celebrated the work of Sir Ben Kingsley and his meticulous transformation into Mohandas Gandhi, Terry Gilliam’s compulsive attention to detail, and the legendary costume designer Milena Canonero, whose work on The Darjeeling Limited was showcased.

These obsessive qualities meant to parallel the 30 manual steps that create the perfect Persol frame. From the crush-worthy Rupert Friend and Strokes drummer, Fabrizio Moretti, to the stunning Dree Hemingway and Famke Jansen, the crowd was happy to don the legendary sunglasses while mingling to the tunes blaring from photographer turned DJ for the eve, Ryan McGinley.


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