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  • Alexis von Rosenberg, Baron de Redé.
  • BARON DE RÉDÉ - (1922-2004). Prominent French banker, aristocratic aesthete, collector, socialite | social lion, and role as a host - notable for his Bal oriental, given on 5 December 1969. He was named to the International Best Dressed List Hall of Fame in 1972.
  • Black and White Ball - Wikipedia.
  • Carlos de Beistegui | Charles de Beistegui (1895-1970).
  • Carlos de Beistegui - (1895-1970). Also known as Charles or Charlie de Beistegui, was an eccentric multi-millionaire aesthete, art collector and interior decorator and one of the most flamboyant characters of mid-20th century European life. Often referred to as "The Count of Monte Cristo". On September 3, 1951 Beistegui held a masked costume ball, which he called Le Bal Oriental, at the Palazzo Labia. It was one of the last truly spectacular events in the famous ballroom, and it was one of the largest and most lavish social events of the 20th century.
  • Comte Etienne de Beaumont (1883-1956).
  • Comte Etienne de Beaumont - (1883-1956). A leading figure in Parisian society, was famous for his elaborate and extravagant parties and masquerade balls.
  • Cotillion figures demonstrated in the Festsaal, Hofburg, Vienna, in 2008.
  • Cotillion - social dance, popular in 18th-century Europe and America. Originally for four couples in square formation, it was a courtly version of an English country dance, the forerunner of the quadrille and, in the United States, the square dance. Cotillions are also used as classes to teach social etiquette, respect and common morals for the younger ages with the possibility of leading up to a débutante ball.
  • Debutantes dancing.
  • Cotillion ball - in American usage, a cotillion is a formal ball and social gathering, often the venue for presenting débutantes during the débutante season – usually May through December.
  • Debutante - Wikipedia.
  • Elsa Maxwell.
  • ELSA MAXWELL - (1883-1963). American gossip columnist and author, songwriter, and professional hostess renowned for her parties for royalty and high society figures of her day. Maxwell is credited with the introduction of the scavenger hunt and treasure hunt for use as party games in the modern era.
  • FOUR HUNDRED - the social elite of New York City in the late 19th century. To be a member of "The Four Hundred," a family must be able to trace its wealth and lineage at least three generations without being tainted by any work.
  • Four Social Seasons (U.S.) - definition & explanation.
  • Henry Symes 'Harry' Lehr (1869-1929).
  • Henry Symes "Harry" Lehr - (1869-1929). Socialite and the husband of Elizabeth "Bessie" Wharton Drexel. Using his wife's fortune and his reputation as "The Fun-maker" of New York and Newport society, Lehr attempted to establish himself as successor to Ward McAllister.
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  • Irving Paul Lazar (1907-1993) and Diana Ross.
  • Irving Paul Lazar - (1907-1993). American talent agent, dealmaker and social arbiter. Through the wit of his occasional client Humphrey Bogart, became known as “Swifty.” He was a tremendous snob who prided himself on his ability to get huge commissions for his literary (or acting) clients without having seen or read their work. Every Oscar night he gave a big party (for stars only – his definition of course) at Spago when it was located on the Sunset Strip in West Hollywood. On Lazar's list, success has replaced Ward McAllister's criterion of pedigree. "Are you going to Swifty's?," people in Hollywood asked weeks in advance of the upcoming Academy Awards event.
  • LE BAL DU SIÈCLE - Vincent Hornoy.
  • Le Tout Paris - definition & explanation.
  • Masquerade ball - Wikipedia.
  • Petit Saison - definition & explanation.
  • PUBLI-CIETY - definition & explanation.
  • Season (society) - historically referred to the annual period when it is customary for members of a social elite of society to hold debutante balls, dinner parties and large charity events.
  • SOCIAL CALENDAR | THE SOCIAL SEASON - Wikipedia.
  • Social Elite - Wikipedia.
  • Social Register - directory of names and addresses of prominent American families who form the social elite. The original New York Social Register first was published in 1886 by Louis Keller, a German-American of wide social acquaintance, who combined the "visiting lists" of a number of fashionable ladies to compile the families included.
  • SOCIAL REGISTER Association - directory of names and addresses of prominent American families who form the social elite (socialites) in the United States (approx. 25,000 entries).
  • SOCIAL SECRETARY - "... not to be confused with a personal assistant."
  • SOCIALITE - Wikipedia.
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  • Waldorf's Sert Room Restaurant (1931-1939).
  • Waldorf's Sert Room Restaurant - located opposite the Empire Room on the north side of the Park Avenue Foyer, the Sert Room received its name from a series of 15 sepia-tone murals by Spanish artist José Maria Sert along its walls. The Sert Room was primarily used to house private social gatherings and charity events during the '30s.
  • Walker - a woman's escort at a social event. It is believed that the term "walker," first used by Women's Wear Daily, was coined to describe Jerry Zipkin (1915-1995), a celebrated fixture on the international social scene for almost half a century, often referred to as "a man about everywhere."
  • Ward McAllister (1827-1895).
  • Ward McAllister - (1827-1895). Self-appointed arbiter of New York society from the 1860s to the early 1890s, and Mrs. Astor's "Social Minister". Coined the phrase "the Four Hundred". According to him, this was the number of people in New York who really mattered; the people who felt at ease in the ballrooms of high society.
  • What Is the Met Gala? - "Deconstructing the party of the year, including how much it costs, who hosts & what you have to wear."
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  • Alva Vanderbilt's Fancy-Dress Ball was held at 600 Fifth Avenue, New York City on March 26, 1883.
  • alva vanderbilt fancy-dress ball - was given by William K. and Alva Vanderbilt in their newly built home at 600 Fifth Avenue, on the corner of Fifth Avenue and Fifty-Seventh Street (demolished in 1927 to make way for Bergdorf Goodman), New York City on March 26, 1883. At the time, the ball was considered to be one of the most "lavish" in New York City's history. It featured guests dressed as courtiers, witches, royalty, godesses, and opera and nursery rhyme characters. Quadrilles were performed by guests dressed according to particular themes. A game-changer that established the nouveau-riche Vanderbilts—and their brand-new Fifth Avenue mansion—as social forces to be reckoned with.
  • Senator John Kennedy & his wife Jacqueline arrive at the 'April In Paris Ball' at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel on 11 April 1957.
  • April in Paris Balls - held at Waldorf-Astoria Hotel, 301 Park Avenue, New York, NY, U.S.A. Started by hotel manager Claude Philippe in 1951 as a party for the 2,000th anniversary of Paris with gossip columnist & professional hostess Elsa Maxwell, which despite its name, took place each year in October.
  • Le Bal des Rois et des Reines, Paris, France. March, 1949.
  • Bal des Rois et des Reines - held in March 1949 by the Comte & Comtesse Étienne de Beaumont at their home HÔtel de Masseran, 11 Rue Masseran, Paris 7th arrondissement, France.
  • Paul-Louis Weiller, Madame Mallard, Lady Diana Cooper, Baron de Cabrol and Madame Hersent at Le Bal oriental on September 3, 1951 at the Palazzo Labia.
  • Beistegui Ball | Le Bal oriental - held by the eccentric multi-millionaire aesthete and art collector Carlos de Beistegui, often referred to as "The Count of Monte Cristo", on September 3, 1951 at the Palazzo Labia on the Grand Canal in Venice. It was one of the last truly spectacular events in the famous ballroom, and it was one of the largest and most lavish social events of the 20th century.
  • Truman Capote at his Masked Black and White Ball at NYC's Plaza Hotel in 1966.
  • Black and White Ball - hosted by author Truman Capote at the Grand Ballroom of New York's Plaza Hotel on November 28, 1966. Capote's black and white ball was a party as performance art; it has been a reference point for glossy magazines ever since, and frequently imitated (for example, by Sean 'Puffy' Combs). Davis's exhaustive account of the night, its genesis and preparations is, like the event itself, alternately fascinating and infuriating. Fascinating, because the guests included Noel Coward and Arthur Miller, Philip Roth and Lauren Bacall, Frank Sinatra and Mia Farrow, Henry Ford and Vivien Leigh, James Baldwin and Irving Berlin, JK Galbraith and dozens of other names still famous 40 years later. Read all about it in Deborah Davis' 2006 bestseller Party of the Century: The Fabulous Story of Truman Capote and His Black and White Ball.
  • Bradley-Martin Ball at the Waldorf Hotel in New York City on the night of February 10, 1897.
  • Bradley-Martin Ball - was a lavish costume ball at the Waldorf Hotel in New York City on the night of February 10, 1897. Cornelia Bradley-Martin organized the ball, with the intention of making it "the greatest party in the history of the city". Eight hundred socialites spent about US$400,000 imitating kings and queens.
  • James Hazen Hyde's Costume Ball, January 31, 1905.
  • James Hazen Hyde's Costume Ball - at Sherry's restaurant (5th Ave at the corner of 37th street, New York City), January 31, 1905. The ball was meant to recall the splendor of Versailles, the reign of King Louis, and the time of Marie Antoinette. There were six hundred people at the dance, in costumes of the period. The scenes of the entertainment were set on the second and third floors of the Sherry restaurant.
  • Le Comte Étienne de Beaumont (1883-1956).
  • Les SoirÉes de Paris - (17 May - 30 June 1924). A five-week-long series of commissioned ballets, plays, and performances financed by Le Comte Étienne de Beaumont at Théâtre de la Cigale.
  • Baron de Redé in the middle at the Oriental Ball December 5, 1969. Invitation to Baron de Redé's Le Bal Oriental at l'Hôtel Lambert on December 5, 1969.
  • ORIENTAL BALL - held on December 5, 1969 at HÔtel Lambert, Île Saint-Louis, Paris IVème, France and hosted by BARON Alexis DE RÉDÉ. The guest list was the crème de la crème of the international high society, with such attendees as Queen Margrethe of Denmark, Marie-Hélène de Rothschild, Aimée de Heeren, Georgian Abreu or Douce François Freitas.
  • Party of the Century: The Fabulous Story of Truman Capote and His Black and White Ball - by Deborah Davis.
  • Invitation to the Patriarch Ball, February 29th, 1892.
  • Patriarch's Ball - "One of the most coveted invitations during the New York season was to the Patriarch Ball. With the support of Mrs. Caroline Schermerhorn Astor, Ward McAllister founded the Society of Patriarchs (1872-1897), a committee of 25 “representative men of worth, respectability, and responsibility.” Each was charged with vetting and selecting four ladies and five gentlemen for invitations to Mrs. Astor's annual Patriarch's Ball, with the goal to unite the old and newly rich in conducting each season’s 'most brilliant balls.'"
  • The Proust & Surrealist Balls were held at Château de Ferrières, 26 km east of Paris, rue de la Rucherie, 77164 Ferrières-en-Brie, France.
  • Hostess baroness Marie-Hélène de Rothschild with two of her guests at the Proust Ball December 11, 1971.
  • PROUST & Surrealist Balls - the Proust (December 11, 1971) & the Surrealist Balls (December 12, 1972) were held at ChÂteau de FerriÈres, 26 km east of Paris, rue de la Rucherie, 77164 Ferrières-en-Brie and hosted by baroness Marie-Hélène de Rothschild.
  • Senator John F. Kennedy at Tiffany benefit ball at Marble House, 596 Bellevue Avenue in Newport, Rhode Island, U.S.A. on July 13, 1957.
  • Tiffany Ball - Newport, Rhode Island, U.S.A. On July 13, 1957 Marble House, which like many sumptuous Newport estates had been closed in recent years, glittered briefly again, although no hummingbirds were present this time. The occasion was the benefit Tiffany Ball, attended by 1,200 members of East Coast society, resplendent in jewelry valued at an estimated US$20 million.
  • What a Swell Party it Was.
  • What a Swell Party it Was - New York Social Diary.
  • Young Friends of Red Cross Ball - (1981-1995). On New Year`s Eve at the Flagler Museum, Palm Beach, FL, U.S.A. Arranged by the legendary Bruce Sutka.
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  • Cannes International Film Festival.
  • Cannes International Film Festival - 66th Festival de Cannes: May 15-26, 2013. The world's most prestigious and publicized film festival. The invitation-only festival is held annually at the Palais des Festivals et des Congrès. There are generally two types of party in Cannes - early evening cocktail receptions and post-screening bashes. The former take place around sunset normally in the beach-front pavilions on the various terraces along the Croisette. The latter take place all over Cannes and often in fancy villas outside. The glamorous parties are strictly by invitation only: the opening night party; events at the Eden Roc, etc.
  • Britain's Queen Elizabeth II, center, and Prince Philip, second from left, view the horses from the parade ring before the Diamond Jubilee Coronation Cup race at Epsom Derby, Epsom, England, on June 2, 2012.
  • EPSOM DERBY | THE DERBY - June 1, 2013. The Derby dates back to 1780, and is still ranked the greatest flat race in the world. The Derby Stakes, popularly known as The Derby, internationally as the Epsom Derby, is a Group 1 flat horse race in Great Britain which is open to three-year-old Thoroughbred colts and fillies. It is Britain's richest horse race, and the most prestigious of the country's five Classics. 1st prize: £751,407.50 (2012). It is one of Britain's great national events transcending its own field of interest, and has a huge world-wide TV audience.
  • 58th International Debutante Ball 2012 New York City.
  • International Debutante Ball - since 1954. Invitation-only formal debutante ball to present young ladies from upper-class families to high society. Founded in 1954, it occurs every two years at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York City. Young women from around the globe and all over the United States are brought together at the ball and the surrounding parties, including daughters of Presidents of the United States, diplomats, nobility, senators, ambassadors and governors. The International Debutante Ball is considered the most prestigious and the most exclusive debutante ball in the world.
  • Alain Delon and Bruce Willis open the 2008 Bal with their respective daughters Anouchka and Scout LaRue.
  • LE BAL | LE BAL DES DÉBUTANTES - November 24, 2012. Known simply as le Bal or, sometimes, the Crillon Ball, is an annual international event created and organized by Ophélie Renouard and her team. It was first held in 1992 at the Hôtel de Crillon in Paris, which continues to serve as the venue to this day. le Bal is a media event that claims to bring together the daughters of former celebrities, aristocrats, artists, politicians and others. The "Debs", as they are known, make their couture and media premieres in gowns designed by French haute couture as well as French and foreign couture houses.
  • Le Grand Bal (Formerly: Der Kaiserball).
  • LE GRAND BAL - (formerly: Der Kaiserball). December 31. Wiener Hofburg, Vienna, Austria. The Austrian capital’s premier New Year’s Eve event and the prelude to the ball season. "The Hofburg Vienna invites you to a glittering night to remember in its imperial state rooms. After almost 40 years, the Kaiserball has made way for newcomer Le Grand Bal which promises to be an unforgettable ball experience full of glitz and glamour."
  • The Life Ball takes place annually inside Vienna City Hall, Austria.
  • Life Ball - May 16, 2015. The Life Ball in Vienna is the biggest charity event in Europe supporting people with HIV or AIDS. The event is organized by the nonprofit organization AIDS LIFE, which was founded in 1992 by Gery Keszler and Torgom Petrosian. Organizer and founder Gery Keszler is the “face” and engine of the Life Ball. It is also mainly his achievement that fashion representatives and celebrities of the entertainment industry such as Elton John, Catherine Deneuve, Liza Minnelli, Sharon Stone, Dita von Teese, Anastacia, Heidi Klum, Naomi Campbell and Jenna Jameson attend the opening show. The main priority of the Ball is, however, not only the exuberant celebration of the party people or spectacular live acts, but especially the fight against AIDS.
  • Supercars and superyachts at the Monaco Grand Prix.
  • Monaco Grand Prix | Grand Prix de Monaco - 71th Grand Prix of Monaco: from Thursday 23 to Sunday 26 May, 2013. The circuit has been called "an exceptional location of glamour and prestige." It has been run under the patronage of three generations of Monaco's royal family: Louis II, Rainier III and Albert II, all of whom have taken a close interest in the race. A large part of the principality's income comes from tourists attracted by the warm climate and the famous casino, but it is also a tax haven and is home to many millionaires, including several Formula One drivers. ASSOCIATED EVENTS: the legendary F1 drivers’ post-race parties. Amber Lounge Monaco party. Red Eye Friday night yacht party. Culminating in the Diamonds and White Rendezvous Party at the Monte-Carlo Beach Club.
  • 64th Monaco Red Cross Ball | Bal de la Croix Rouge.
  • MONACO RED CROSS BALL | BAL DE LA CROIX ROUGE - 66th Red Cross Ball Gala: August 1, 2014: at the Monte-Carlo Sporting Club in the Salle des Étoiles, Monaco. The biggest social event of the year for the principality.
  • Monaco Rose Ball | Bal de la Rose 2012.
  • Monaco Rose Ball | Bal de la Rose - March 23, 2013: at the Monte-Carlo Sporting Club in the Salle des Étoiles, Monaco. The second most famous gala evening after the Red Cross Ball. The Rose Ball was created by HSH Princess Grace, who each year gave this exceptional evening a special theme by associating the ball with a different country and a different rose. It is a private, invite only charity event that benefits the Princess Grace Foundation. The event features a gourmet dinner, live music and is often graced by many Monaco Royals including Prince Albert II, Princess Charlene of Monaco, Princess Caroline of Hanover and many others.
  • The Royal carriages leave after carrying The Queen to the races at Royal Ascot.
  • ROYAL ASCOT - Tuesday 18 to Saturday 22 June, 2013. The centrepiece of Ascot's year, Royal Ascot is one of Europe's most famous race meetings, and dates back to 1711 when it was founded by Queen Anne. Every year Royal Ascot is attended by HM Elizabeth II and various members of the British Royal Family such as The Prince of Wales, arriving each day in a horse-drawn carriage with the Royal procession taking place at the start of each race day and the raising of the Queen's Royal Standard. It is a major event in the British social calendar, and press coverage of the attendees and what they are wearing often exceeds coverage of the actual racing. There are 3 enclosures attended by guests on Royal Ascot week. The Royal Enclosure is the most prestigious of the three enclosures, with recent visits from the Queen and Royal Family members. Access to the Royal Enclosure is restricted, with high security on the day. First-time applicants must apply to the Royal Enclosure Office and gain membership from someone who has attended the enclosure for at least four years. For existing badgeholders, an invitation is sent out by Her Majesty's Representative to request badges. The badgeholder's name is written onto the badge and can be used only by that person; the colours of the badges vary each day for one-day applicants. Those in the Royal Enclosure have the options of fine dining and hospitality, and a selection of bars. The dress code is strictly enforced. For women, only a day dress with a hat is acceptable, with rules applying to the length and style of the dress. In addition, women must not show bare midriffs or shoulders. For men, black or grey morning dress with top hat is required. £4.5 million in prize money.
  • Met Ball 2013: Katie Holmes Swaps Tom Cruise For Even Shorter Man On Red Carpet.
  • The Met Gala - since 1946. Formally called the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute benefit and also known as the Met Ball, is an annual fundraising gala for the benefit of the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute in New York City. It marks the grand opening of the Costume Institute's annual fashion exhibit. Each year's event celebrates the theme of that year's Costume Institute exhibition, and the exhibition sets the tone for the formal dress of the night since guest are expected to choose their fashion to match the theme of the exhibit. Each year the event also has honorary celebrity event day chairpersons.
  • The Oscars.
  • THE OSCARS - Sunday, February 24, 2013. 85th Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Awards. Hollywood, Los Angeles, CA, U.S.A. As one of the most prominent award ceremonies in the world, the Academy Awards ceremony is televised live in more than 100 countries annually. It is also the oldest award ceremony in the media; its equivalents, the Grammy Awards (for music), the Emmy Awards (for television), and the Tony Awards (for theater), are modeled after the Academy Awards. ASSOCIATED EVENTS: The 8th annual "Night Before", traditionally held at the Beverly Hills Hotel (eight years running in 2010) and generally known as THE party of the season, benefits the Motion Picture and Television Fund, which operates a retirement home for SAG actors in the San Fernando Valley. Elton John AIDS Foundation Academy Award Party airs the awards live at the nearby Pacific Design Center. The Governors' Ball is the Academy's official after-party, including dinner (until 2011), and is held adjacent to the awards-presentation venue. In 2012, the three course meal was replaced by appetizers. The Vanity Fair after-party, historically held at the former Morton's restaurant, since 2009 has been held at the Sunset Tower.
  • Vienna Opera Ball | Der Opernball.
  • VIENNA OPERA BALL | DER OPERNBALL - February 7, 2013. Annual Austrian society event which takes place in the building of the Vienna State Opera in Vienna, Austria on the Thursday preceding Ash Wednesday (a religious holliday). Each year, almost overnight, the auditorium of the Vienna State Opera is turned into a large ballroom. On the eve of the event, the rows of seats are removed from the stalls, and a new floor, level with the stage, is built. Together with the New Year Concert, the Opera Ball is one of the highlights of the Viennese carnival season. The dress code is evening dress: white tie and tails for men; ususally white floor-length gowns for women.
  • Royal spectators at the Wimbledon Championships 2012.
  • Wimbledon - June 24 - July 7, 2013. The oldest tennis tournament in the world, and widely considered to be the biggest and the most prestigious. It has been held at the All England Club in Wimbledon, London since 1877. Wimbledon traditions include a strict dress code for competitors, the eating of strawberries and cream by the spectators, and Royal patronage.
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