Black and White Ball 50th Anniversary + Sale!

Principessa Luciana Pignatelli, Peter Gimbel and Contessa Crespi at Truman Capote’s Black and White Ball at the Plaza hotel in Manhattan in 1966
Guests at Truman Capote’s Black and White Ball at the Plaza hotel, Manhattan, 1966. Photo: Lawrence Fried. Image: Condé Nast / Getty via the New York Times.

Today marks the 50th anniversary of Truman Capote’s legendary Black and White Ball. (Read Amy Fine Collins’ article for the 30th.)

Can you name the celebrities behind the masks? Guests at the Black and White Balls, 1966 photographed for LIFE by Henry Grossman
Masked guests in Life magazine, December 9, 1966. Photos: Henry Grossman. Image: Life archive.

To mark the occasion, I’m having a flash sale in the PatternVault Etsy shop.

Black and white evening ensembles by Pauline Trigère, 1964
Image: PatternVault shop.

The sale runs through today only—20% off with coupon code CAPOTE. Your purchase helps support the research on this blog.

Happy shopping!

Photo: Barton Silverman. Image: the New York Times.
Truman Capote in his mask from F.A.O. Schwarz. Photo: Barton Silverman. Image: The New York Times.

Local Event: Textile Museum Sale

Hand-embroidered animals on a Bengali kantha at the Textile Museum of Canada
Detail of a hand-embroidered Bengali kantha at the Textile Museum of Canada.

For those of you in the GTA, next weekend is the More Than Just a Yardage Sale, the Textile Museum of Canada’s annual fundraising sale in downtown Toronto. The Museum’s volunteers will be selling lots of sewing and crafting supplies including fabric and yarn, buttons and beads. Here’s the official poster:

More Than Just a Yardage Sale poster

This is a free event. Look for the tent in the parking lot next to the museum, which is at 55 Centre Ave., near Dundas and University.

Upcoming Event: The Old Book and Paper Show

If you’ll be in the Toronto area on Sunday, April 1st, I invite you to stop by the PatternVault booth at the Old Book and Paper Show. The semi-annual event showcases vintage and antiquarian books and a wide variety of paper ephemera. The show runs from 10 am to 4 pm at Wychwood Barns, a beautifully converted TTC streetcar repair building near Bathurst and St. Clair.

Artscape Wychwood Barns

See the event website for a $1 admission discount coupon and a preview of some items I’m saving for the show. I’ll have currently unlisted items including magazines, leaflets, and fashion plates, as well as sewing patterns from the Twenties to the Sixties.

Please note that all pre-Seventies stock will be unavailable in the Etsy shop over the weekend of March 30th. Hope to see you at the show!