Strapless silk satin ball gown with scalloped neckline and bodice. Bodice and skirt, with semi-cathedral train, are adorned with metallic embroidery, crystal beading and sequins. Available in light gold/metallic or diamond white/metallic, in sizes 2 to 20. Style 434, $2,699, Piccione by Alfred Angelo, 866-8-ANGELO

The 19-story building took more than two years to build and cost $12 million—an unprecedented amount in the early 1900s. The design of the Plaza, by Henry Janeway Hardenbergh—who also built the Dakota apartments and the Willard Hotel in Washington, DC—was inspired by an opulent French Chateau.

Photos: Courtesy of The Plaza Hotel/Dan Lecca
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