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Emily's Style Notes: Glamorous Guest-Watching At An Ancient Prom

The Royal Ontario Museum's annual Young Patron's Circle fundraiser goes all out with the ultimate toga party

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Toronto Argonaut Joe Eppele Photo by George Pimentel

Toronto Argonaut Joe Eppele
Photo by George Pimentel

On the evening of April 6, Toronto’s pretty young things came together under the dinosaur skeletons for the Royal Ontario Museum’s Young Patrons Circle annual fundraiser. This year, the aptly named Ancient Prom was themed with a nod to the museum’s upcoming Mesopotamia exhibit (opening June 2013), making for a decadent scene of dramatic Roman columns and marble statues. Guests took the hint, donning Grecian gowns and sandals, with a few brave men in full-on armour, capes and fur. Sizeable Toronto Argo offensive lineman Joe Eppele, sporting skins (complete with tails), a man skirt, and a Cesarean garland looked one with the ancient surroundings. As co-chair Allison Brough told me of her choice theme, “I’ve always wanted to throw a big toga party.” Suffice it to say, hers was significantly more glamorous than the typical frat boy version.

At the VIP reception that kicked off the night, co-hosts MTV’s Aliya-Jasmine Sovani and CP24’s Gurdeep Ahluwalia  welcomed guests and joked about their past proms (Ahluwalia skipped his formative dance and pledged to make it up that night). The atmosphere was prom-like indeed, with a flashy dance floor, blaring DJ and laden banquet tables—although the bar was open (no concealed flasks needed) and attendees were considerably starrier. While socialites and their cohorts mingled and preened, Sovani and her hometown hero boyfriend Mike Bradwell (another Argo) were megawatt prom king and queen as the only couple dancing in the reception hall as a harpist played Britney Spears and Will.I.Am.’s “Scream and Shout.” Photographers took the cue.

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