Hello Kitty turned 35 this week, and to celebrate, a birthday party was held for her last night at Royal/T in Culver City, Calif. I took my daughters with me to the opening of "3 Apples: An Exhibition Celebrating 35 Years of Hello Kitty," expecting a quiet affair with madeleine cookies and chamomile tea. I was surprised to see the line around the block waiting to get into what turned out to be a booze-fueled celebrity bash.
There was an art show with works by Boing Boing favorites like Tim Biskup and Gary Baseman, lots of cosplay characters, go-go dancers, Hello Kitty themed maids serving drinks and snacks, a commemorative Hello Kitty Airstream travel trailer (which will be auctioned on eBay, check here for details), and lots of new Sanrio merchandise (my wife was fond of this dress).
The exhibition will run at Royal/T until November 15th.