Dior, Venetian Heritage to Host Charity Dinner, Masked Ball in Venice

DIOR’S BALL TO REMEMBER: Dior and the Venetian Heritage Foundation will host a charity dinner and a masked ball on May 11, coinciding with the opening of the Biennale in Venice. Guests will be invited to attend wearing costumes matching the theme of the ball, which is dedicated to 18th-century Venetian artist Giambattista Tiepolo. The “Tiepolo Ball” marks the Venetian Heritage Foundation’s 20th anniversary and will be held at the Baroque 17th-century Palazzo Labia in Venice —brimming with masterpieces by Tiepolo, and the same location where the “Bal Oriental” was held on Sept. 3, 1951. Dubbed the “ball of the century,” it was hosted by art collector and interior decorator Charles de Beistegui, at the time the owner of the palace, and attended by some 1,000 guests, including Christian Dior, Salvador Dalí and Orson Welles. In his autobiography, Dior described that evening as “the most beautiful” he had ever seen and that he “would ever see” and the event “a true work of art.” In addition to creating a costume for Dalí, Dior designed ballgowns for other guests and, in particular, French socialite and Harper’s Bazaar editor Daisy Fellowes. Dressed as “the Queen of Africa,” Fellowes was photographed by Cecil Beaton in front

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