Corsetry used in this dress, mimics that of dresses warn to the much earlier masked balls, seen on Abbey Lee Kershaw.
Anna Dello Russo in one of the most eccentric masks warn, with a beautiful white silk chiffon dress.
A masked ball even suits men! and the mystery behind the original balls gives the party a romantic twist. Photographed here, hostess Carine Roitfeld and son Vladimir Restoin Roitfeld.
Natalia Vodianova photographer above.
Recently French Vogue Celebrated their 90th Anniversary Masquerade Ball, during Paris Fashion Week. This event was a sure to be fashion explosion, with everyone from the industry including Anna Dello Russo, John Paul Gauliter, Marc Jacobs, Diane Von Furstenberg, Christian Louboutin, Victor & Rolf and many more, attended the elegant ball held by Carine Roitfeld, at the Hotel Pozzo Di Borgo. Soon after this event, I have recently attended a masquarade ball, celebrating an 18th . . .
Ruth, Sammy, birthday girl Kitty and Holly. I adored Kitty's heavily embellished dress!
Alex & Ojhanie (with her unique twist to a mask).
Holly & Grace in sparkle & feathers! Perfect for a masquerade ball.
Josie & Rhiannon with elaborately decorated masks.
Me, Sammy (love her lippy!), Ruth & Grace.
. . . this was definitely a great idea for a party, giving me a great reason to dress up, with my 8 inch heels! Although I did weaken and take off my mask quite early on, after it kept slippy off!
. . . And OK I know I look I've had a tad too many, but that even happens at the most sort after parties . . .
. . . yes I'm talking about you, Julia Restoin-Roitfeld and Robert Konjic!
Perhaps this sudden trend in masked balls may have been slightly inspired by the media recently, such as the Smirnoff masked party ad for 2009 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZKQWLx18h-w) or perhaps the more recent masked party from the Ikea kitchen advert "you'll always find him in the kitchen at parties'' (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mweZH3bOFG4).