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May 2016

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February 1919 came in with a bang at the Hotel Des Artistes.  At midnight on February 1st the magnificent ballroom (now La Palestra), decorated for the event by a slew of famous artists, was the setting of the Chu Chin Chow Ball, an event dripping in excess and exoticism.  Oriental head dresses were required, a pageant “gypsies of the world” was held and the“dance of the gypsy slaves” was danced around a campfire.

The requirements of this ball were “youth and the spirit of Carnival.”  According to the Chin Chu Chow decrees, “stupid people will be known by their stupid costumes.”  The room was filled with socialites, artists, and wealthy young dough-boys just back from the Great War, and 500 glamour girls, hand-picked for their loveliness.

The room,

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