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Black and White Ball

Black and white costumes, masks, make-up and so much more for your Black and White Ball.

When Truman Capote threw a lavish masked ball to celebrate the phenomenal success of ‘In Cold Blood’, everyone who was anyone vied for an invitation. He invited 500 friends but made 15,000 enemies.

Black and white ball masquerade mask

Held at The Plaza Hotel in New York City in 1966, it was considered to be the social event of the decade, perhaps even the century. Guests like Frank Sinatra, Andy Warhol, and Babe Paley joined others at this party that was seemingly so significant it has its own book and full issues of magazines devoted to it. Though not the first Black and White Ball to ever be held, Capote’s is perhaps the most infamous. And he selected a gimmick that was sure to galvanize and amuse his guests and magnetize the media. He would invite the most famous people in the world – his friends – and impertinently ask them to hide their fabulous and photographed faces behind masks.

black and white ball party-of-the-centuryThe Black and White Ball became the PARTY OF THE CENTURY, and continues to be duplicated in ballrooms and living rooms all over the world. Check your local event pages for a Black and White Ball in your area. Or, invoke the glamour of early Hollywood and host your own Black and White Ball!

The premise of a Black and White Ball is that guests are requested to only wear black and white formal wear, though your version can be as casual as you like. A Black and White Ball is about glamour and glitz, but for a more casual party, let your guests know that formal dress isn’t expected, just black and white.

If you are looking to recreate a splash of Hollywood glamour, consider having black and white photographs of Hollywood icons like Audrey Hepburn, Marilyn Monroe, Rita Hayworth, Clark Gable and even Charlie Chaplin blown up and printed on poster paper. You can then hang them around the room. As fancy as it can all sound, a Black and White Ball can be as ritzy or as casual as you want it to be. For a great twist, have your guests come as a celebrity who actually attended THE Black and White Ball! Or, for a more updated version, ask your quests to come as a modern celebrity. Whatever you decide, let your guests know the expectations, plan well ahead, and last but not least, remember to enjoy yourself on the big night!

 

 

 


We are located at 18849 Ventura Boulevard, between Reseda Boulevard and Tampa Avenue, in Tarzana; a San Fernando Valley suburb of Los Angeles.  Our customers come from as far away as Santa Clarita to the north, Orange County to the south, Pasadena to the East and Westlake Village to the West…and everywhere in between.

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