Venetian ball 1951 – festival of the century.
Fancy-dress balls were very popular in the twentieth century. In 1951, in Venice, was one of the biggest costume parties of the century, the first celebration of this magnitude after the Second world war. Were among the invited guests, including Salvador Dali, Christian Dior, Princess Natalia Pavlovna Paley, guests took the famous billionaire, nicknamed the count of Monte Cristo the twentieth century.
The celebration was held in the Venetian Palace of billionaire don Carlos de Beistegui. Carlos made a fortune in the silver mines in Mexico, he was a native of the Spanish-Mexican family, but lived all his life in Europe. He loved to shock the audience, to organize large-scale festivals, and ball 1951, of course, was his favorite child, after all, gathered all the colors of modern high society.
The organization of the holiday was at the highest level: over half a thousand guests were invited, among the participants of the masked ball was well-known actors, designers, artists, aristocrats and the richest people from different countries of the world. Venice arrived on ships and trains, the path was long, took several days.
Salvador Dali and Christian Dior for the holiday exchanged “pleasantries” and came up with costumes for each other. So, Dior marched in, accompanied by black-and-white giants, called “phantoms of Venice”. For the owner of the ball was a huge wig long 5 feet 6 inches, and he wore shoes on a high platform.
This ball proved to be crucial for the fashion designer Pierre Cardin, he created 30 outfits for the holiday and then became one of the most coveted designers among the Bohemian audience.
Many of the costumes for the ball were created by the ancient drawings with the participation of the consultants who helped to achieve historical accuracy. Thus, the collector Arturo Lopez-Wilshaw and his wife Patricia were in the costumes of the Chinese Imperial couple, recreated to the image of the tapestry. Lady Diana Cooper was granted in the Cleopatra costume, recreated by the fresco of Tiepolo.
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