Art Nouveau by Vienna Secession

by PARIS SOCIAL DIARY, photography by | 17 March, 2017


 Ball de la Rose, the second most famous gala evening after the Red Cross Ball, was initiated by HSH Princess Grace. The first one was held in 1954, after her marriage to Prince Rainier III of Monaco.

This super gala evening is not meant to be just a social event. Charity was always important to the Princess, and to this day it remains a charity ball, with all profits going to the Grace Kelly Foundation, sponsoring children with special needs or serious illnesses. From the very first ball, sophistication is the key factor. Each year, the royal family chooses a famous artist or fashion designer to decide on a theme and decorate the Ballroom.

This year, H.R.H. The Princess of Hanover, President of the Princess Grace Foundation, has choosen her friend Karl Lagerfeld for the second time and they created the theme of this annual Ball de la Rose – Art Nouveau representing by Vienna Secession. So from the 2014, when Karl Lagerfeld chose Russian constructivism, now everything will be held in light colours and clean lines. The main motif of this year comes from the Joseph Olbrich and his Secession Building, architecture by Otto Wagner or the work of Koloman Moser and Gustav Klimt. The sketch for a postcard is dedicated to Mela Koehler. Everything from invitations to table decorations will be done in the style that was widespread in Austria and then all of Europe between 1892 and 1906. Influented by the architectural style of Josef Hoffmann and the Vienna Workshop: Wiener Werkstätte.