Rosie Huntington-Whiteley

A series of seasonal — and stylish — soirees help keep local museums fashionably in the black

A series of seasonal — and stylish — soirees help keep local museums fashionably in the black

The annual Met Gala in New York, overseen by Vogue’s Anna Wintour and organized to raise funds for the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute, may be the bash best known for enlisting the fashion flock in support of the museum world, but it’s far from the only one. Every fall, at around the same time the leaves are turning color on the East Coast, the fashion focus turns west, where a season of starry dinners, galas and other events fete — and fund — Southern California museums.

This year, along with the returning slate of fashion/museum mash-ups detailed here, came an exceedingly rare exhibition of paintings by 17th century Italian painter Michelangelo Merisi da...

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