The Party Dress Book: How to Sew the Best Dress in the Room by Mary Adams. Interview by Glenn Belverio


Dear Shaded Viewers,

In the foreword to Mary Adams' lavish tome, "The Party Dress Book" recently published by Watson-Guptill, Amy Sedaris recalls walking past Mary's dress shop on NYC's then-dilapidated Lower East Side in 1993: "All you could see were ruffles. They were everywhere . . . It was a deaf person's dream–a vision chock-full of bright colors and dramatic textures." Shortly after, Sedaris ordered her first Mary Adams dress and wore it to the Obie Awards. "Ethan Hawke approached me and said I had on the prettiest dress that night. I told him it looked better on the floor, and watched him run away."  


Glenn Belverio: How did the book come about?

Mary Adams: I was fitting a bride and I asked her what she did for a living and she said she made sewing books.  A week earlier one of my interns was telling me I should write a book so I mentioned that to Julie (the bride to be) and she said, "Oh would you want to do a book with us?" At the time I remember thinking, Who in the heck wouldn't want to do a book? I thought, I would do a book just to have a cover! After her wedding she brought the executive editor, Joy Acquilino, and she proposed I do a book on my party dresses. 

GB: In the book you talk about moving from Portland, Oregon to New York

Glenn Belverio

Glenn Belverio is a writer and New Yorker. He has been reporting for ASVOF since 2005 and currently works at The Museum of Modern Art as the Content Manager for MoMA Design Store.