On #ThisDayinHistory 1966, novelist Truman Capote threw the 20th Century’s most legendary party at t he Plaza Hotel, a black and white gala affair #AceHistoryNews – @AceHistoryNews

#AceHistoryNews – Nov.28: He invited 540 guests from radically different backgrounds, professions, and even continents (at least four were represented at the ball): #AceHistoryDesk reports

So he made a savvy calculation and made Katharine Graham the party’s purported guest of honor……..Graham had assumed leadership of @washingtonpost and @newsweek after her husband’s 1963 suicide. Capote told her he wanted to cheer her up and the invite allowed him to capitalize on social and media interest in the mysterious Graham before turning the question of who else would be invited into a media opportunity……..The eventual guest list included the Maharani of Jaipur, residents of Holcomb, Kansas, Andy Warhol, a hotel doorman, and the First Lady. Pictured here in bunny ears is actress Candice Bergen wearing a dress and mask designed by @Halston

https://t.me/HistoricalPics/7497 Halston would later design the 1976 US Olympic team’s uniforms and work with a group of “Halstonettes” who included Pat Cleveland and Beverly Johnson. Later called “a tour de force of social engineering,” the party was seen as a particular moment on the cusp of radical social change. In the midst of the Civil Rights movement and the Vietnam War, the party’s guest list represented a carefully curated cross-section of important people in American culture…… “This was the last possible moment such a party could take place and not be widely excoriated,” Graham wrote. #TrumanCapote #CandiceBergen #Society #party #blackandwhite #whiterabbit #OTD #AceHistoryNews

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