By  on November 2, 2010

Lately, it’s been one fashion event after another. But none were probably as amusing as Fashion Group International’s Night of Stars gala from 1992, which featured its very own “Fashion Follies.”

“Stan Herman sang. Mary McFadden screamed. Mario Buatta decked some poodles in the chintz and everybody and his brother, sister and fifth cousin dressed a bride for the finale,” wrote WWD on Nov. 11. “Now all the industry people who participated…can go back to their day jobs. The 70-odd members of the chorus rehearsed every night and weekends for months for their few minutes under the lights at the St. James Theatre Monday night.” Remarked Isaac Mizrahi of the night’s high-voltage fun: “It was an expensive ticket. We want to offer real entertainment.”

To that end, singer Neil Sedaka serenaded a parade of women representing the months of the year — note to Generations Y and Z: He’s the crooner behind the 1961 hit song “Calendar Girl” — while Gregory Hines tapped up a storm. “They told me, ‘We’ll get your wife a pair of Manolo Blahnik shoes,’ ” Hines said. “And here I am.” Imogene Coca participated, as did impersonator Louise DuArt, who riffed on Katharine Hepburn, Carol Channing and Joan Rivers. As for Lily Tomlin’s bit, she performed a monologue of beauty and fashion advice. “The history of the world is largely the history of dress. As if,” she remarked to the audience, “your heads aren’t big enough already.”

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