On The Stage @ Met Opera

May 20, 2024, I proudly checked having dinner and a dance on the iconic Met Opera stage off my bucket list! My beloved friend BarbaraTober was honored at the legendary instituion for her unwavering dedication and generous philantropic work, and a well deserving celebration of her 90th year. Meanwhile, she doesn’t look a day over 70 with her youthful and vibrant persona! I’m so blessed and honored to have been able to celebrate this great milestone with her, on stage at the Met Opera with the Turandot set as a backdrop! She’s truly a living legend and an inspiration.

To mark such a remarkable occasion, a ball gown simply won’t do. For her, I did what we Nigerians do best, by donning one of my traditional attire & fineries, a sign of respect and admiration.

I had to dig into my wardrobe to unearth one of the 3 outfits I wore on my wedding day for this special night. A Yoruba evening attire made of Swiss lace with gold embroidery, matched with gold jewelry by the iconic Kenneth Jay Lane and finished off with my vintage brown satin gold crocodile bejeweled sandals by Giuseppe Zanotti.
A full Yoruba attire ensemble wouldn’t be complete without the traditional royal sceptre regularly worn by my royal family members back home for centuries. My cousins spared no expense in ensuring I had it readily available, all the way from Nigeria, my beautiful home country. 4 different color variations arrived just in time a week earlier! So expect to see me carrying them about in NYC! 😃
I’m sooo proud of my rich heritage and culture. See the inspiration behind the look, an interview with Joshua Kamei on instagram. #Nigeria #naijawoman

Watch the event video reel on facebook or Instagram.

Barbara Tober

Harry Benson and Barbara Tober

Nikki Haskell

Cece Cord

Dennis Basso

Huguens Noel

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