Save the date! One of the most exclusive and glamourous events of the summer season has just been announced at the Villa Malou and Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild. The Monegasque association AIDA has planned a memorable night with Le Bal de la Baronne. The costumed ball fuses Orientalism and Japanese fashion trends that influenced designers from the Belle Époque. The event takes place on 22nd July at the Saint-Jean Cap Ferrat peninsular.
This sophisticated cultural event will take you back in time to the late 19th century European era albeit through a more exotic stance. The originality of the ball stems from colouring European culture with Japanese aesthetics in music and clothing, and the Orientalism literary movement.
AIDA has selected specialised costume shops in Nice, Cannes and London to recommend to potential guests in an effort to best reenact the feel of the time. Authentic gowns, jewelry and suits at these locations will allow guests to feel like members of royalty while giving to a noble cause. As the 650€ entrance fee does not cover the entire costs of the event, guests are encouraged to purchase a Votre Portrait Façon Tableau de Maître package with a photographer, makeup artist and hair stylist for 1,500€, with the majority of this fee going towards the AMADE foundation.
The AMADE association was originally founded by Princess Grace of Monaco in 1963. Princess Caroline of Hanover, her daughter, now proudly carries out her mother’s mission of protecting children against exploitation and abuse.
Guests will discover pieces from a unique exhibition - Exotic Passions of the Belle Époque – which depicts Oriental and Japanese fashion trends and features 23 illustrations of vintage front covers of Vogue. Guests can also order their own portrait in the style of the pieces of Fuller, Balfour, Nielsen or Beardsley.
The evening will begin in the gardens adjacent to 2 Boulevard du Général de Gaulle à Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat where guests will sample sugary treats in a floral background and East Indian colonial atmosphere. From there, they will be transported in a fleet of vintage cars through the streets to the Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild. Guests will then be welcomed with an Arabian Night cocktail at the Elizabeth Wessel exhibition in the Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild.
The gala dinner that follows is to be prepared by chef Philippe Joannès from the Fairmont Monte Carlo. A performance of an extract of Puccini’s opera 'Madama Butterfly’ will be held by opera singer Delia Noble prior to a piano concert performed by Christie Julien .
Last but certainly not the least, the opening of the ball will be performed by DJ Jean de Franville.
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