THE PARTY OF THE CENTURY

Truman Capote & Gloria Guinness | Black & White Ball

Lee Radziwell | Black & White Ball

Candice Bergen | Black & White Ball

Black & White Ball

Billy Baldwin | Black & White Ball

With all the talk about Kimye’s weekend nuptials in Florence, I was reminded of an equally publicized (albeit arguably more chic) event, Truman Capote’s Black and White Ball.

Still enjoying his meteoric rise to fame after the success of In Cold Blood, Capote decided to throw a lavish masquerade fête to be held in honor of Katharine Graham (then owner of The Washington Post) in the Grand Ballroom of the Plaza Hotel.

Invitations were coveted and if you weren’t invited you simply left town. Attended by his famed swans–Lee Radziwell, Gloria Guinness, Babe Paley, and C.Z Guest to name a few–on November 28th, 1966 everyone who was anyone was at the Plaza.

Halston and Kenneth Jay Lane crafted fanciful masks for the attendees and the media fueled the frenzy by covering every last detail leading up to the event. Sound familiar?

If you’re interested in reading more, I’d recommend picking up a copy of Party of The Century or reading this Vanity Fair article. Oh to have been a fly on the wall!

P.S that’s Billy Baldwin in the unicorn mask in the last photo!

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