I’ve been meaning to blog about this gorgeous event for a week now, but after an unfortunate formatting disaster, I needed a mourning period to recover from the loss of some rather lovely images. All is not lost however, and I can still share some of this spectacular event, that made me feel like a princess for a day.
The masked ball took place at Heatherden Hall at Pinewood Studios, and was organised by Izabella from Prior Attire, who makes the most exquisite costumes. Her own dress was made in two days just before the ball and she made quite a few of the other guest’s outfits, with amazing attention to detail. You can see her in the image below
I didn’t have the bucks or the time to get myself such a fabulous gown, but in true Cinderella fashion, managed to clobber together an outfit from a lucky e-bay find , second-hand flowers, a box of safety pins and various bits – begged and borrowed. My fairy godmother came in the guise of Daleen Badenhorst, who came all the way from South Africa for the weekend to attend the BAFTA awards, and graciously did my hair for the evening. She is a whiz with wigs and hair, and was in London as she had applied the wig for the Alfred Hitchcock character in The Girl, along with Clinton Smith who did the prosthetic makeup, and was nominated for a BAFTA for Television craft – makeup and hair design.
After much back-combing, hair-ratting, and the addition of an extension, my fine locks was transformed into a quiff that would have made Marie-Antoinette proud. I applied some pale foundation kept my eyes and brows pale as well and added some rouge and lip-gloss for a modern version of an 18th century courtier.
The evening was started off with some dancing, and we were eased in with a Promenade, which is just a fancy way of saying :”Prancing around to show off your outfit” I have to say, most people put in an immense amount of effort and arrived in true pomp and style. Much attention was given to period accurate detail, but there was also some Steam-punk and fantasy involved – with elaborate wigs, head-dresses, hats and spectacular masks to accessorise. We had to step carefully to avoid the vast bustles and trains.
Liz looked spectacular in a feather collar from Rouge Pony, but my favourite outfits was an exquisite couple in matching Peacock costumes.
I really hope that this event becomes an annual thing, as it is not every day you get to dust off the taffeta and pearls for a night out. Have a look after the break for a some more photos of the event.