Bulgari’s Private Dinner for EPACS

Marissa Mayer, Sloan Barnett, Bulgari
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Bulgari’s “Diva Wall” at the de Young

Marissa Mayer and Zachary Bogue, and Bulgari North America President Alberto Festa, recently hosted a dinner and private viewing of “The Art of Bulgari: La Dolce Vita and Beyond, 1950-1990” in the tower at the de Young Museum.

The event, in honor of EPACS: East Palo Alto Charter Schools, was attended by several leading figures in tech, as EPACS is an organization which receives a lot of support in the industry. Zachary Bogue and wife Marissa Mayer have been giving their support for over two years. Marissa has said, “For me, the thing that really draws me to EPACS is the kids, and the opportunity to really help them learn, help them engage, and help them get ahead.”

marissa mayer, Alberto Festa
Marissa Mayer, Alberto Festa

The 46 guests, such as Omid and Gisel Kordestani, David and Jacqueline Sacks, Dave and Brit Morin, Jeremy Stoppelman, Roger and Sloan Barnett, and Vanessa Getty were given an amazing overview of the exhibit by Bulgari USA president Alberto Festa.

“The Art of Bulgari” focuses on the decades of the 1950s through the 1980s. Bulgari’s unique style, which took shape just after World War II, was inspired by Greco-Roman classicism, the Italian Renaissance, and the 19th-century Roman school of goldsmiths. By the 1970s, the jewelry had become a favorite with the jet set and celebrities worldwide.

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Lyn Revson’s golden Bulgari necklace with emeralds, amethysts, turquoise, and diamonds, created in 1965.

Approximately 150 showstopping pieces are shown at the museum, along with sketches and other materials from the Bulgari archives. The most talked about pieces, of course, are those once owned by Elizabeth Taylor. But there are other dazzling items from the collections of Dede Wilsey, Denise Hale, Ellen Barkin, Jennifer Tilly, Lyn Revson, among others.

Jessica Lessin, Sam Lessin, Brit Morin
Jessica Lessin, Sam Lessin, Brit Morin
Sam Lessin, Jessica Lessin
Sabrina Buell, Brit Morin

Sam Lessin, Jessica Lessin – Sabrina Buell, Brit Morin

Gisel Kordestani, Omid Kordestani


Gisel Kordestani, Omid Kordestani
Andrew Schulte, Alice Cahan, Ivan Bekichev
Andrew Schulte, Alice Cahan, Ivan Bekichev
Stephan Jenkins, Michael Birch
Sloan Barnett, Yves Behar

Stephan Jenkins, Michael Birch – Trevor Traina, Marissa Mayer

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Vanessa Getty
david sacks, bill brady
David Sacks, Bill Brady
Allison Speer, Livia Marotta
Alison Sonsini, Alicia Engstrom, Vanessa Getty

Allison Speer, Livia Marotta – Alison Sonsini, Alicia Engstrom, Vanessa Getty

Jeremy Stoppelman, Kelcey Morton
Jeremy Stoppelman, Kelcey Morton
Riccardo di Blasio, Isabella di Blasio, Alberto Festa
Riccardo di Blasio, Isabella di Blasio, Alberto Festa
Carolyn Chang, Komal Shah
Sloan Barnett, Yves Behar

Carolyn Chang, Komal Shah – Sloan Barnett, Yves Behar

David Shimmon, Mary Beth Shimmon, Roger Barnett
David Shimmon, Mary Beth Shimmon, Roger Barnett
Marissa Mayer
Marissa Mayer

“The Art of Bulgari” will be on display at the de Young Museum through February 17, 2014. To see additional SFLUXE coverage of the exhibition, see “Best Dressed at Bulgari’s Big Party,” featuring Hilary Swank, Kate Bosworth, Maggie Rizer Mehran, Alexis Traina, Susan Casden and more, as well as “The Art of Bulgari at the de Young.

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The evening’s decor was designed by Mayer favorite, Robert Fountain