In this body of work, Diane explored themes of exclusion & inclusion in the context of Truman Capote's famous Black & White Ball, which took place at the Plaza Hotel, New York in 1966. The first party of its kind to mix the worlds of politics, business, celebrity and art, the ball was quite literally a stage set for those whom Capote believed to be the most important people in the world. It was also the first time anyone had staged a social event with such a carefully engineered mythology to accompany it.....to not be included on the guest list of 540 meant you had to, quite literally, leave town to avoid embarrassment. Socialites threatened suicide to obtain an invite and Capote in turn threatened, that to attempt to gatecrash the ball would be social suicide. The chosen guests seemed to miss the irony of being required to hide their identity behind a mask.
This show opened in July 2012 as part of the Merchant City Festival in Glasgow and re-exhibited at the Lillie Art Gallery in Milngavie from 12 January - 8 March 2013