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.

And the Winner Is…

Vogue 1440 by Donna Karan
Image via PatternVault on Etsy.

The results of my random number generator are in! The lucky number is 10, and the winner of my blogiversary giveaway is:

Mary Helen Crowe (the 10th person to comment)

Congratulations, Mary! I’ll send you an e-mail with the details on claiming your gift certificate.

Thank you so much to everyone who entered the giveaway. It was fun hearing about your favourite pattern designers. Your most-mentioned designer was Donna Karan (9), followed by Yves Saint Laurent (7) and Issey Miyake (6), dark horse Claude Montana (4), and Halston and Ralph Rucci, who tied for fifth place (3). (Honourable mentions go to Pierre Cardin, Rachel Comey, DVF, Givenchy, Claire McCardell, Alexander McQueen, and Isabel Toledo.)

And of course, thanks for reading and commenting on this blog for the past 5 years! As a thank-you to all of you, I’m having a flash sale in my Etsy shop through this Thursday, July 21th—30% off with coupon code YEARTHEFIFTH.

Vogue 2558 by Claude Montana
Image via PatternVault on Etsy.