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Dispatches from the Americas Society spring gala, the inaugural gala for the Partnership for Public Service, plus a preview of the Washington Opera Ball.

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The Tony Awards fashion time is rolling around again, and the question isn’t just who will win but what everyone will be wearing. Edie Falco has chosen a black Badgley Mischka V-neck gown with a dramatic V back, complete with a train and Harry Winston jewels. Oh, you Carmela Soprano! Bernadette Peters will be dressed in a sassy black Donna Karan and Marissa Jaret Winokur will appear in a handpainted Zac Posen creation with ruffles. Nothing goes with Zac Posen better than a little Hairspray! American Theatre Wing chairman Isabelle Stevenson will wear forest green chiffon with bugle beads designed by the French designer Torani. Twyla Tharp will be “Movin’ Out” in style in a black Nicole Miller above-the-knee number with a mosaic pattern. The dress was originally long but dancers’ legs need to be shown, so off came the bottom. Miller is also dressing nominee Kathryn Meisle and presenter Lynn Redgrave. Watch for them all on Sunday and may the best dressed win.


George Stephanopoulos, the cutie, was the emcee and helped raise $2 million for the Partnership for Public Service at its inaugural gala at Cipriani. Add this to the $25 million grant the chemicals mogul Samuel Heyman gave to the partnership, which encourages young people to go into public service, and you have quite a kickoff. Awards were given to Paul Volcker of the Federal Reserve Volckers and “West Wing” stars John Spencer and Dule Hill on behalf of their Emmy Award-winning show. Donna Summer entertained the thousand guests, among them Ted Sorenson, Jamie Niven and Carol and Earl Mack, oh, and Sen. Chuck Schumer.


Arnold Scaasi designed the pink ball gown Betty Scripps Harvey will wear to the Washington Opera Ball Saturday night along with her parure of rubies and diamonds. The ball will take place at the residence of the Ambassador of France Jean-David Levite, and his wife, Marie-Cecile. Betty is the general chairwoman of the ball, for which she has raised an incredible $3 million, the most in the history of the Washington Opera. Betty’s pink dress will go prettily with the incredible Belle Epoque ballroom decorated by Philip Baloun in cerise and pink. The Levites have risen to the occasion and arranged for 20 men in black velvet livery and white powdered wigs to be at the doors of their residence on Kalorama Road to greet the 550 guests. They’ve also arranged for a son et lumiera spectacle to be projected on the front of the residence along with 2,500 candles lining the drive up to the house. Quelle luxe!
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