“An Evening with Nicole Miller” celebrated The RISD Museum’s special exhibition ‘Cocktail Culture: Ritual and Invention in American Fashion, 1920-1980’. The exhibition ran from April 15 to July 31, 2012. As Cocktail Culture spaned the 20th century, “An Evening with Nicole Miller”, focused on a revolutionary designer known for trend-setting contemporary cocktail couture. It was the perfect complement to this ground-breaking exhibition. Dually trained at the Rhode Island School of Design and Ecole de la Chambre Syndicale de la Couture Parisienne, her fine arts background in painting and sculpture at RISD inspired a spirit of freedom and creativity. Miller draws inspiration from a wide range of influences, including cinema, contemporary art, mid-20th century architecture and exotic cultures. Guests delighted in a capsule of Miller’s spring collection choreographed and danced by Festival Ballet Providence. The evening’s gala featured a connoisseurs’ live auction packed with one-of-a-kind experiences with an emphasis on style.