Out of the 450 balls that take place in Vienna every year, the one that prompts the greatest excitement meltdown is the Opera Ball, still going strong after 207 years. There’s nothing like a bit of pomp and circumstance to clear away the winter blues, but this event takes it to new frontiers: 150 debutantes in flowing white ball gowns, their escorts in black tie toting a symbolic silver rose; a magical performance by the State Opera Ballet; the debutantes’ first beautifully choreographed dance—a polonaise; and then it’s “Alles Walzer!” and the whirling and twirling begins. All the trappings of a fairytale!
Next year, Vienna’s iconic social event will take place on February 8. A partner of the Vienna State Opera since the 1950s, each year Swarovski collaborates with a leading designer to create a unique tiara design to be worn by the debutantes to complement their beautiful white ball gowns. Following Karl Lagerfeld’s stunning concept last year, for the 2018 ball Swarovski has teamed up with world-renowned Sicilian design duo Dolce&Gabbana to create a sensational tiara that epitomizes the Italian idea of la bella figura, which translates as “giving a perfect impression.” A richly detailed vision of crystal and gold, it was inspired by lyrics from an aria in Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro: “Giovani liete, fiori spargete” (“Happy maids, scatter flowers”).
There are 702 Swarovski crystals and Xirius Chatons in Crystal and Golden Shadow alongside six rose-colored enamel flowers in this year’s floral-themed piece—a delicate vision of trailing flowers and intricate leaf detail, and an unforgettable ode to beauty and grace.