9 results for month: 12/2016


I Know “Order of Operations,” but What’s “Order of Precedence?”

One of the grandest moments at any Night of a Thousand Gowns comes when His Royal Highness, the Grand Duke Swanson opens the curtains on the glittering assemblage of monarchs and courtiers of the Imperial Court of New York.   It’s a showstopping moment of huge gowns, huge jewels and it’s also the moment that the members step up to play the most regal and most ridiculous part of this game we play:  protocol. Part of what makes the Imperial Court of New York different from other fundraisers in New York is our attention to formalized whimsy.  Whimsy because we’re a bunch of grown men and women who work day jobs, pay mortgages and insura...

Bring On the Men!

The ladies of the Imperial Court of New York aren't the only ones who turn it out: the men of the Imperial Court also bling home the bacon!

Another Openin’ Another Show!

They say that a Broadway opening number sets the tone for the two and a half hours to follow. At Night of A Thousand Gowns, the Imperial Court of New York tries to do the same thing! For 24 of the last 30 years, members of the ICNY have poured their heart and souls into creating an opening that will grab the attention of the audience and hold onto it.

We Gave the World New Ways to Dream

Okay, I intended this to be a quick blog, but New York’s Monarchs have appeared in so many film and television projects that the list keeps going.  It’s far from comprehensive, but it’s true! And we’re talking more than appearing in interviews or news stories:  most of us have done that, but beyond the news, there’s all of this: Starting with the very first Empress, Sybil Bruncheon, whose cable access shows in the 1980’s included A La Maison, Be Our Guest and Stonewall After Dark, we’ve made it our work of getting in front of every camera we can find!  Here’s a clip of Be Our Guest, with special guest star “Ed Wynn” -- or ...

Raising Spirits on Riverside Drive

Sometimes, it’s as important to raise spirits as money, and one annual opportunity for the Imperial Court of New York to shine is GMHC’s annual AIDS Walk. Rain or shine on the third Sunday of May, this event attracts tens of thousands of people each year.  They make the 10K walk from one end of Central Park to the other, up 110th Street to Riverside Drive and then back down the Upper West Side and into the park again.  Along the way, they’re likely to meet people providing music, Cheer NY doing all sorts of gymnastics, and other groups brought in to applaud, excite and thank the walkers.   Just as things are getting tiring, just as ...

Get Them On Their Knees!

How do you get your boss on your knees in front of you?

I’ll Glitter and Gleam So…

New York’s true Empress, Brooke Astor once said, "If I go up to Harlem or down to Sixth Street, and I'm not dressed up or I'm not wearing my jewelry, then people feel I'm talking down to them. People expect to see Mrs. Astor, not some dowdy old lady, and I don't intend to disappoint." New York’s Imperial Court feels the same way, Mrs. Astor and we don’t ever disappoint.

It Takes A Village

Ladies in Waiting and Aides de Camp serve another purpose: they're your conscience. Monarchs can too easily live in a bubble and forget that they're just playing a game and that their 'ladies' are actually their friends...

Food, Glorious Food!

Did you know there are seventeen different ways to prepare beef short ribs? We do. *urp* How many sides? How many soups? How many variations of a Caprese Salad do we need to sample? You have no idea the struggle it is to come up with the best array of food options...