It's been said that for actors there are no small roles, only small actors. When encountering the work of event planner and designer Preston Bailey, one thing is clear: He doesn't do small.
If you've never given much thought to the material side of special events, you most certainly will now. Preston Bailey's work can do that; Its sheer fabulousness conquers passivity.
The often overused, and misused, descriptor awesome is nearly inadequate for the maestro's work: He just seems to take his spaces further than anyone else. Minimalism, it isn't.
Panamanian-born Bailey immigrated to the U.S. in 1968 and seems to have assimilated well the opulent desires of his adopted country. Abundance is his motif: in his lighting, his use of flowers, trees, color, space, even in the celebrities, sultans, and various other sybarites who make up his client list.