A chic black and white dress code was enforced and I wore a variation of this outfit, but with silver screen Giuseppe Zanotti heels and a faux fur collar.
Upon entrance I was handed a studio contract, christened with a stage name and was typecast before I even took a sip of my fizzy Gin & Ginger cocktail.
Meet Brenda the Sophisticated lady.
Ok, maybe not too sophisticated if my Walk of Fame hand print has anything to say about it.
My friend Nat works on her Hollywood John Hancock.
If you had the will power to stand in a queue, there was a fancy retro salon where you could get a glam pinup makeover.
I, however, was more drawn to the Broken Hearts Cocktail Lounge, though over-crowded had some great 1920s & 30s tunes playing while we were there.
Seeing what people were wearing and how they did their gorgeous pin-up hair was the best part of the evening. Unfortunately the planning did not live up to the amount of publicity and many more people were in attendance than they anticipated so it ended up being a lot of waiting around in a queue for those of us lucky enough to get in, as many had to be turned away.
We ended up skipping the talks and the pinup makeup for some breathing room elsewhere in the city.
However if they run this event again and have it much larger, or ticketed I would definitely go back and try the things I missed!
See future Late Shifts at the National Portrait Galley and read about my experience at the V&A Friday Lates. Have you been to any museum lates?