Truman Capote’s Black and White Ball in 1966 will go down as one of the most famous and fabulous parties ever thrown. The guest of honor was Katherine Graham, publisher of The Washington Post.
This collection of black and white historic vintage photos is so very stylish and I love the mix of people who were there from Frank Sinatra and Mia Farrow to Andy Warhol and socialite, Babe Paley.
After deciding to throw the party, Capote had to select a guest of honor. Throwing the party for himself would have been viewed by his society friends as vulgar. Rather than selecting from amongst his stable of beautiful society women he called his “swans”, Capote chose The Washington Post publisher Katharine Graham. For his venue, Capote chose the Plaza Hotel in New York City. Capote had long held a deep affection for the Plaza, even setting the opening scene of his attempted first novel, Summer Crossing, in the Plaza dining room. Initially Capote planned to cover the ballroom’s white and gold walls with heavy red drapes but Backer and Capote’s friend Babe Paley convinced him to abandon this idea. Instead he brought in the color with red tablecloths. The night’s menu, to be served at midnight, consisted of scrambled eggs, sausages, biscuits, pastries, spaghetti and meatballs and chicken hash, a specialty of the Plaza and one of Capote’s favorite dishes. To drink Capote laid in 450 bottles of Taittinger champagne and spent $16,000 on the evening…quite a sum in 1966.
Creation Date: 1966
Height: Mix of 10 x 12 in. and 12 x 14 in.