The 1950s-inspired costumes for SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL ST. LOUIS’ upcoming production of The Taming of the Shrew were unveiled during last week’s spring fashion luncheon at The Zodiac at Neiman Marcus. Executive director RICK DILDINE held court, joined by costume director ALISON SIPLE and director SEAN GRANEY, who offered behind-the-scenes details about the production, set for May 25 through June 19 in Shakespeare Glen at Forest Park.

    Dance party…A veritable who’s who of ballet royalty recently mingled with Saint Louis Ballet (SLB) supporters at the home of PHIL and JANICE HULSE to celebrate SLB’s Tribute spring program. Patron of the arts and socialite-turned-filmmaker ANNE BASS was in town to watch her Cambodian protégé and star of the Bass documentary, Dancing Across Borders, SOKVANNARA SAR, perform. Also on hand, Sar’s teacher and renowned ballet mistress OLGA KOSTRITZKY, who appeared in Black Swan and coached the dancers in the film. Acclaimed Tribute choreographer CHRISTOPHER D’AMBOISE and his father, National Dance Institute founder JACQUES D’AMBOISE, rounded out the VIP guest list.

    Last call! Monday, April 18, is the deadline to submit your LN Design Awards entries. Designers/homeowners may submit in any or all categories, including kitchens, baths, outdoor spaces, living/great rooms, bedrooms, organized spaces and do-it-yourselfers. Please send only one photo per room. Only rooms designed within the last three years are eligible. Photos of the winning spaces will appear in our May 20 Elegant Living magazine.

    St. Louis aviation history is chronicled in a new book by local author JEREMY COX. St. Louis Aviation contains more than 200 vintage images and discusses the development and impact of aviation in the city and beyond. For six decades, from 1904 to 1967, St. Louis was considered the world’s air capital for balloon racers, parachutists, fighter pilots and astronauts, among others. 

    This issue marks the debut of our new column, Paul Brown’s Persons of Interest, a peek inside the lives of St. Louisans you know and those you’d like to know better. Longtime journalist and native St. Louisan PAUL BROWN (McClure HS ’76) has won numerous awards for his live street reporting for KMOX Radio, and also served as media relations consultant specializing in political campaigns. But he’ll be the first to tell you that he has finally landed his dream job—the most demanding assignment of his career—as ‘Mr. Mom’ to Natalie and Lacey, his daughters with wife and FOX 2 News co-anchor MANDY MURPHEY.

    The FOUR SEASONS HOTEL ST. LOUIS is hosting a British-style bachelorette party to celebrate the upcoming royal wedding of PRINCE WILLIAM and KATE MIDDLETON. The Cielo Bar’s ‘Hen Party’ will have guests sipping on signature ‘Middletini’ cocktails and nibbling on hors d’oeuvres. The bash takes place from 5 to 8 p.m. on April 28. A portion of each $35 ticket will benefit Wish Upon A Wedding. Call 881-5800 for more information.  LN