DAVID PATRICK COLUMBIA'S
Social History• September 30, 2020

This Was Then: Valentino’s 30th Anniversary Exhibition in New York

Today we’re re-running a Social History from Mary Hilliard’s archive from September 1992, the opening of Valentino’s 30th Anniversary Retrospective Exhibition at the Park Avenue Armory. It was such a glamorous affair that we first ran it as a retrospective in 2010. Today we return to it...

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Wednesday, February 28, 2007

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Sheila Bridges

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Sheila Bridges’ apartment in Harlem is spacious, airy and elegant, so it is easy to see why this area is becoming so sought after (the north end of the Park was only a couple of blocks away). Irritable signs on the doorways of apartment buildings shoo away potential stoop sitters, as the wealthy protect their own, […]... READ MORE
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Joy Ingham

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Diana Joy Hirshon Parkinson Briggs Ingham is very wealthy, scatters curse-words freely into her conversation, smokes ‘too many’ cigarettes and is on her third husband. It all sounds very racy, a product of a certain era in American history and a family background that includes the legendary banker and art collector Jules Bache (her mat... READ MORE
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Bruce Bierman

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Bruce Bierman is undeniably a sweetheart, a lovely Jewish boy who showed us his hilarious and touching Bar Mitzvah video from way back when – all stiff sixties hairdos, long white gloves, platters of bright food – and him, shining little boy, kissing and kissing his doting relatives. But he did grow up. His aim, both […]... READ MORE
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Larry Laslo

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It was fun interviewing Larry Laslo. He had a fascinating lack of hesitation in forming swift, witty replies, honed, no doubt by years of television presenting and public speaking. If there was a somewhat practiced feel to some of what he said, then it was redeemed by an underlying sense that he was also laughing at himself […]... READ MORE
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Mark Zeff

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Born in South Africa, but established here on the Upper West Side, Mark Zeff was, in American parlance, a jock. In fact he might be the only jock to ever grace this design column, but it would be unfair to suggest that that is all he is. The artistic side of him seems to have eventually shaped […]... READ MORE
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Ann Pyne

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(Ed. note: this interview originally appeared on NYSD in February 2007) So rare is someone like Ann Pyne that there was an almost shocking quality to interviewing her: this is a person who is really going to tell you what is in her heart and in her brain, without any strategic thought for her image or public persona, […]... READ MORE
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Betty Sherrill

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Well, this is our period piece. Betty Sherrill should be some kind of national treasure, so representative is she of a particular era and a particular charm. She’s an expert at a kind of skilled, light conversation, peculiar to her generation and class. It is talk that is entertaining without being too slight but avoids, at all […]... READ MORE

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