We decided to go with the 1950s for the ball's theme- it's such a gorgeous era and suits the venue so well. So, the dress code for the evening is your best 1950s frocks- debutantes and prom dresses, screen icons like Elizabeth Taylor, Audrey Hepburn, and early Beatles versus Stones for the boys. I've included some photos below for inspiration! And we commissioned the illustrator Faye West to create this beautiful image (above) of how we imagine the ball will look outside the orangery at Kensington Palace.
Margaret and Elizabeth at a ball
Yellow evening gown by Robert Piguet, 1950
Pierre Balmain, 1950
1950 December Vogue, by Horst P Horst
There'll be beautiful floral corsages ( from The Flower Appreciation Society) for the best outfits, awarded by the curator of Fashion Rules, as well as Gabby Young and Bishi who are both big fans of vintage fashion.
On the night of the ball, you'll be able to visit the exhibition itself in the palace, where you'll be able to use a unique ipad app to design your own vintage dresses alongside fashion illustrators. There'll be food and drink in the orangery as well as a marquee on the lawn. Acts for the evening include gorgeous pin-up girl troupe, The Tootsie Rollers, expert swing band The Inteli-Gents and electro-swing songstress Little Violet. There'll also be DJ sets from Ms Chameleon's mechanical melodies (old school shellac on a gramophone), Kate Hutchinson and Gabby Young and Other Animals, whilst Marawa the Amazing's Majorettes will be performing their hula hoop act and helping you pick up some hooping skills yourself!
On the lawn palace experts will tell tales from parties during the 1950s, whilst Mien Magazine will be on hand with etiquette tips from days gone by, and stationery designer Alice Gabb will be handing out her old fashioned dance cards.
Tickets are £28, you can buy them here. If you're a member of the press or a blogger and you'd like to cover the event, do drop me an email and I'll see what I can do.
Hope to see lots of you there on the night for a wonderful summer ball- I can't wait to see everyone's dresses. I'll try and do another post before then on the best places to source vintage frocks- and please do leave any recommendations you have in the comments!