88 Pianos, Gunne Sax Ball Gowns, and a DIY Masquerade Mask

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Late one night a couple of weeks ago, I was taking a familiar stroll through the South Street Seaport while walking my dog.  Much to my surprise, I came across a white baby grand piano on the street.  Seated was a man in plain clothes pecking his way through a beautiful piece that, seemingly, he had not played in some time.  I stopped, snapped a photo, listened to him finish the piece, and then he got up, collected his briefcase, and walked off into the night.  I was blown away by the impromptu concert on a mysterious pop up piano that had not been there even hours before.  It gave me the all-too-familiar chill down my spine as I was reminded that THIS is exactly why I live in this city of surprise.

The next day I took the opportunity to shoot a beautiful vintage black and white Gunne Sax ball gown that I have been holding onto for the perfect opportunity… this was obviously it.  After a bit of research, I learned that the piano was one of 88 around the five borough of Manhattan that are part of a project sponsored by Sing for Hope.  In it’s third year, the project places pianos in public spaces inviting any random musician to sit down and give an impromptu gift of their music to the community.  Onlookers and musicians alike are invited to “leave their mark” and sign the piano or stamp it with their fingerprints with colorful ink pads provided atop the piano.  Pretty awesome, if you ask me.









This fascinator is a Do it Yourself that I made myself at a millinery class given by 3rd Ward in Brooklyn.  You can see another way I wore this fascinator HERE

The necklace is from Amarcord Vintage in NYC and the earrings are a cheapie from Forever 21 (where else?).

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I made this mask mysel by taking vintage buttons and hot glueing them onto this silver mask.  I also added feathers and faux poppies I bought at Wal-Mart.  It made for quite the DIY Masquerade Surprise when I wore it earlier this summer at a party!


This color blocked black and white shoe is made by Gucci.  It is a staple because the Black and White trend never really goes out of style.

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Dress: Vintage by Gunne Sax, from eBay Seller: rhtymsdivinevintage, Necklace: Vintage from Amarcord Vintage NYC, Earrings: Forever 21, Headpiece: (Top) Handmade by Me (Bottom) Vintage, Mask: Handmade by Me, Shoe: Gucci

Photography by: Chris Bowers, www.chrisbowers.me

Styling by: Ginger, www.Ginger-Snap.com

2 thoughts on “88 Pianos, Gunne Sax Ball Gowns, and a DIY Masquerade Mask

    1. Thanks Kathleen! It is an amazing project and, yes, I am lucky to live in such a fantastic city! Do you live here as well?

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