What To Wear: Contemporary Art Museum's Dada Ball & Bash

By Sarah Stallmann
In Style

One of the biggest parties of the year just so happens to be one of the most fashionably daring. The Contemporary Art Museum’s Dada Ball & Bash is one for the record books: Rule-breaking fashion, an unexpected and avant garde menu, open bar, surprise performances, live entertainment by St. Louis’ own Hawthorne Headhunters and 95.5’s DJ Sinamin and lots and lots of nonsensical thinking make it the party of the season—and your outfit should speak for itself!

Inspired by some new and old Dada looks, Fashion Editor Sarah Stallmann has pulled together some outfit inspiration to ensure your look doesn’t get lost in the crowd.

Dada is against the future.
Dada is dead,
Dada is idiotic,
long live Dada!

— Theo van Doesburg

1/ Inspiration: Linear prints and a bold headpiece—with a careless, Dada-esque attitude to boot.

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The Look: Go for the drama with a linear art printed gown, a dramatic headpiece and modern accessories to juxtapose it all.

What to Wear Dada Bash and Ball: Linear dress

2/ Inspiration:
Graphic black and white structured silhouette with patent details (and a bow!) worn by David Bowie on Saturday Night Live in 1979.

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The Look: Layering a ribbon-accented blouse under a structured and bold printed dress is the key to achieve this look. Plus lots of patent details and a hot pink pout.

What to wear Dada Bash and Ball: Patent & Bow


3/ Inspiration: Vintage-inspired with bold outlines and face paint.

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The Look: Keep the bold black outlines strong and the face paint to a manageable level: try substituting black lipstick and bright white liquid eyeliner instead.

What to Wear Dada Bash and Ball: Bold Lines


4/ Inspiration: Mixed prints and artistic layers reminiscent of Frida Kahlo.

Duro Olowu Fall 2014.

Duro Olowu Fall 2014.

The Look: A printed kimono dress is the perfect base piece for this look. And don’t be afraid to get creative!

What to Wear Dada Bash and Ball: Frida

5/ Inspiration: Avant garde, deconstructed menswear by Gareth Pugh.

Gareth Pugh

Gareth Pugh

The Look: Go for a fashion-forward, deconstructed blazer and rough it up with unexpected details: A bow-tie/black chain combo, black watch and boots give this look an edge that is fashion-forward and oh, so wearable.

What to Wear Dada Bash and Ball: Mens Deconstructed

6/ Inspiration: Mixed plaids and pinstripes at Vivienne Westwood.

Vivienne Westwood

Vivienne Westwood F/W 2015

The Look: Play it safe in the same color family or go all-out with a selection of pinstripes and plaids of a various color palette. Either way guys, this is not the event to show up in anything of the traditional variety—unless it has a twist!

What to Wear Mens Dada Bash and Ball: Mixed


Don’t be the one to miss this party, snag your tickets for the Dada Bash here!

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