Strict Dress Code and Waltzing: Vienna’s Socialite Party Returns
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Strict Dress Code and Waltzing: Vienna’s Socialite Party Returns

February 17, 2023 Share

The Annual Vienna Opera Ball, Vienna’s ultimate socialite event, is back with a strict dress code and plenty of waltzing.

The Vienna Opera Ball is an annual event that is steeped in tradition and elegance. Held in the world-renowned Vienna State Opera, this ball attracts high society members from all over the globe for an unforgettable evening of dancing, music, socializing… and privilege.

The Event Planning

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The Vienna Opera Ball is not just any old shindig. It takes a village – or more accurately, a committee of over 150 people – to plan and execute this event. They spend months fussing over every detail, from the color of the napkins to the choice of performers, all in the name of creating a night of pure elegance and refinement.

And it’s not just the committee that puts in the effort. The Vienna State Opera itself is transformed into a lavish ballroom, complete with all the trappings of high society. The opening ceremony, performed by the Vienna State Opera Ballet, sets the stage for a night of unparalleled beauty and sophistication.

The music and dance performances throughout the evening are a true delight, with traditional Austrian tunes like waltzes and polkas being a staple. But don’t worry, there’s plenty of international artists to keep things from getting too stuffy – this is a party after all.

The Debutante Ceremony

Ah, the debutante ceremony at the Vienna Opera Ball – what a delightful display of inherited privilege! Jokes aside (sort of), the debutante ball is one of the key moments of the ball, an elegant welcome to the young men and women into high society.

The ceremony is a stunning display of tradition and pageantry. It’s the kind of event that requires perfection, and the debutantes rehearse accordingly. Having to learn how to Waltz (a rare skill nowadays), they undergo lengthy practice to master their craft.

The Dress Code

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The Vienna Opera Ball has a strict dress code that is enforced to ensure that glamour and sophistication are maintained throughout the night. For instance, visible tattoos and “conspicuous hair colours” are strictly forbidden, lest the attendees look grunge in any way shape or form.

Lady debutantes are to wear white ball gowns, but glittering applications are strictly forbidden. Necklaces must be dainty, preferably pearl, and wrist watches are a no-go. For the men, it’s black tailcoats with leather shoes, a white bow tie, and strictly no wrist-watches or pocketkerchief.

The Charity Component

It’s not all about glitz and glamour at the Vienna Opera Ball – there’s a charitable side to this high society extravaganza, too. Each year, the ball raises funds for a different charitable cause, with guests being asked to make donations throughout the evening. Over the years, the ball has raised millions of dollars for various causes, from helping disadvantaged youth to supporting cancer research.

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