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Who is that masked man?

by habituallychic

10 . 30 . 10
These photos are not from a Halloween party.  They are from Truman Capote’s infamous Black and White Ball at the Plaza Hotel in 1966.  I’d much rather look at these masked revelers than people dressed up as Snooki and The Situation.  Those were the days. Sigh.

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  1. Tanya (a Taste of T) October 30, 2010 | 4:15 pm

    These photos are stunning. I love masquerades.

  2. Karena October 30, 2010 | 4:18 pm

    Now that ia a party I would attend no matter was was on the calendar!!

    I spy some fabulous stars in the midst of it all.

    Art by Karena

  3. camdesign October 30, 2010 | 4:21 pm

    My favorite bracelet… I have a copy of the one Truman Capote gave to Jackie Kennedy to wear at one of the Black and White Ball’s… I wear it often. Great pictures!

  4. alexis October 30, 2010 | 5:09 pm

    Honestly I had such an intense reaction of “I wish I had been there!” The clothing, the class, the celebration…. fabulous! Excellent share!

  5. Teresa at Splendid Sass October 30, 2010 | 5:14 pm

    I’m with you on this! Love a good ball.
    Have anice Halloween.

  6. parisapartment October 30, 2010 | 5:58 pm

    Now THAT’s the way to spend Halloween! Where’s the great ball these days? Maybe a revival is in order!

  7. Jane K. Schott October 30, 2010 | 6:07 pm

    Oh, what a night!

  8. Design Candy October 30, 2010 | 7:14 pm

    I completely agree! Oh how I wish I could have been there. Oh, the glamour! I wish there was a ball to go to like this tonight 🙂

  9. My name: Julie My design firm: SHELTER October 30, 2010 | 8:12 pm

    Yes they were…

  10. abby jenkins October 30, 2010 | 8:29 pm

    What a chic crew! I would love to host a masquerade ball….brings those glorious ‘cottages’ in Newport to mind for a venue.

  11. ashley cooper October 30, 2010 | 9:27 pm

    What chic Halloween parties!! I want to be at the party with Jackie O and Frank…what a great guess list. Thanks for the glamorous Halloween post!!! Happy Halloween.

  12. La Maison Fou October 30, 2010 | 10:39 pm

    I could not agree more, those were the days of Glamming it up. Snooki and reality free!

    Wish there was a time transport,
    truly good times for Hollywood.

  13. Claudia Juestel October 31, 2010 | 12:02 am

    I can only imagine how fabulous it was. Great photos.



  14. quintessence October 31, 2010 | 12:09 am

    Fabulous – has to rank up there as one of the most amazing parties of the 2nd half of the century!

  15. jones October 31, 2010 | 10:23 am

    What a party. I had forgotten that Mia Farrow was married to Frank. Jackie and Lee plus all of the other A|+ list. How did we get stuck with Snookie and Paris and Lindsay?

  16. currentlychic.com October 31, 2010 | 1:55 pm

    You are right. These photos are more interesting and fun than any of today’s costumes. Those really were the days! Elegance, style and independent thinking reigned!

  17. LiveLikeYou October 31, 2010 | 2:00 pm

    Couldn’t agree more. What happened to classy stars? Been seeing kids here dressed as Snooki and Lindsay Lohan in handcuffs…

  18. A Lifestyle Thing October 31, 2010 | 2:05 pm

    Oh, thank you Heather! Not only for the Truman Capote ball post, but for the reminder of what Halloween should not be! Have a ball tonight! xo

  19. diane@onlinefabricstore October 31, 2010 | 2:16 pm

    They sure knew how to party back then!!!!!

  20. kimberj October 31, 2010 | 3:06 pm

    What extraordinary photos! Thank you for always finding the most interesting articles, photos, tidbits, and opinions to share, they enrich my little life in Akron, OH 🙂

  21. Tabitha October 31, 2010 | 3:28 pm

    Elegance incarnate.

  22. Alice Olive October 31, 2010 | 5:29 pm

    Ha! Totally agree – why do people want to look so BAD? Is Halloween the unofficial holiday that lets women feel comfortable revealing their inner low-life selves?? Okay, sorry, no judgement… (Sort of!) Doesn’t Mia Farrow look amazing? I LOVE her hair. LOVE.

  23. Amy R. October 31, 2010 | 5:47 pm

    I love these pics! So chic, swanky and cool:)

    Amy R.

  24. Maria October 31, 2010 | 7:28 pm

    stylish & intriguing images! happy halloween!

  25. Brillante Home Decor October 31, 2010 | 7:51 pm

    Being Italian I need to comment on the beautiful image of Gianni Agnelli (FIAT) and his wife Marella Caracciolo, one of the most elegant ladies in the world!

  26. Driftwood interiors October 31, 2010 | 8:09 pm

    Love, love, love this post. Oh to be back in time at that party!

  27. Renee Finberg October 31, 2010 | 10:36 pm


    i thoroughly enjoyed every image.
    awesome post.

    happy halloween

  28. Alcira Molina-Ali October 31, 2010 | 10:45 pm

    Gorgeous era, supremely-chic people.
    Reminds me of the Venetian elegance of this movie I just watched:


    Nothing like black and white, all rolled into a masked ball. Cheers, Alcira


  29. Maureen Sullivan Stemberg, Interiors October 31, 2010 | 11:13 pm

    Great idea for a Halloween piece.
    DO you know that Truman, gave this party for Kathleen Graham? She was a very shy lady…Just taking over the WPost. He wanted to introduce her to NYC and beyond society. I had the pleasure of sitting next to Miss Graham, one luncheon and a dinner. It was at the dinner she told me …(after I just look at her and said, “please, can you tell me what THE ball was like?). She indeed did…All at the table were hanging onto her every word. BTW: Fab photo’s.
    Happy Halloween! ~m.

  30. sandrajonas.com November 1, 2010 | 12:45 am

    Great post for Halloween! So elagant & chic. Habitually.