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Futurism, get ready to dazzle! Hirshhorn Virtual Ball. Thursday, September 17, 2020, hosted by Machine Dazzle

Dream. Design. Dazzle.

Sashay into the future in your most creative look. Find inspiration in the forward-thinking artists who challenge the status quo. Your computer screen never looked so good.

Enjoy surprise appearances, art activations, signature at-home cocktail recipes, and all the fashion eye candy you could ever want. Hosted by Machine Dazzle.

Streaming online

The Washington Post called the first annual Hirshhorn Ball “a new kind of party,” and this time will be no different. Join art-lovers from around the world online for a global art adventure that will surprise, entertain, and make you werk. This year’s fashion-forward bash is not only an excuse to play dress-up, it’s a chance to get inspired by the theme of “Futurisms.” It’s a moment to explore how generations of artists have mobilized the concept of the future to create manifestos and movements that challenge the status quo and spark change in the world. Look forward through fashion and dress as your vision of the future.

Hosted by fashion and costume designer Machine Dazzle, who was hailed by The New Yorker as a “true theatrical genius,”the evening will have all the trimmings of a real-life ball: guests dressed to impress, a virtual fashion contest, art activations, at-home signature cocktails, and a few special appearances by influential creatives.


The virtual fashion competition portion of the evening is an opportunity for you to unleash your creativity, be fierce, and strut your stuff. Dream your outfit, design it, and most importantly, dazzle it! 

The best dressed gets a prize. Learn more about how to participate.


All proceeds go to the Hirshhorn’s free public programs and exhibitions that serve one million visitors a year. Help support our digital initiatives to bring contemporary art and ideas to audiences around the world.


Machine Dazzle’s wearable sculptures have dazzled stages and red carpets alike, most notably worn by performance artist Taylor Mac during several collaborations. Fashion icons like Diane von Furstenberg and Cara Delevingne have also sported his innovative designs.

Machine Dazzle has creating costumes, sets, and performances since his arrival in New York in 1994. Credits include Julie Atlas Muz’s I Am The Moon And and You Are The Man On Me (2004), Big Art Group’s House Of No More (2006), Justin Vivian Bond’s Lustre (2008) and Re:Galli Blonde (2011), Chris Tanner’s Football Head (2014), Soomi Kim’s Change (2015), Pig Iron Theater’s I Promised Myself To Live Faster (2015), Bombay Ricky (Prototype Festival 2016), Opera Philadelphia’s Dito and Aeneus (2017) and Spiegleworld’s Opium (Las Vegas 2018). With Taylor Mac, Machine has collaborated on several projects including The Lily’s Revenge (2009), Walk Across America For Mother Earth (2012) and the Pulitzer Prize-Nominated A 24-Decade History of Popular Music (2016-Present). Conceptualist-as-artist meets DIY meets “glitter rhymes with litter,” Machine was a co-recipient the 2017 Bessie Award for Outstanding Visual Design and the winner of a 2017 Henry Hewes Design Award.


Jason Wu
Kate Bennett
Ruth E. Carter
Di Mondo
Pussy Noir
Austin Scarlett



Susan Dunlevy
Jennifer Isham
Aba Kwawu



Sara Azani and Arash Shirazi
Chef Erik Bruner-Yang
Peter Chang
Designing the District- Timur Tugberk
District Dodger
Robb Duncan and Violeta Edelman
Sena Fitzmaurice
Alexander Hankin
Danielle Hankin
Rosa Honarpisheh and Donna Honarpisheh
Keem Hughley
Sandro Kereselidze and Tati Pastukhova
Nancy Miyahira
Gerald Oliver
Maggie O’Neil
Jessica Powers
Polina Proshkina
Carl Ray
Chef Nicholas Stefanelli
Sheena Thomas

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Get inspired. Last year’s fashion statements were hard to top!


September 17, 2020
7:30 pm




Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden
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