Saturday, November 23, 2013

Balls and gowns.

Probably every girl dreams about attending a real ball. Me too. But I never really did and maybe I'll never do. Not a REAL ball. Like those from American films, Tolstoy books or fairytales. But there are plenty (if you are popular) or less (if not, as I am) occassions to attend a semi-balls. In Poland we celebrate a ball which is organised about one hundred days before taking the matura exam. The average girl waits for it the whole three years she goes to secondary school. She sees it as the really big day, like if she would become a Queen of the Party or sth. But the truth is this event is quite boring and never looks like your imagined one.

Rarely, but sometimes there are some other ways to make yourself appear on a somekinda ball. My faculty organise one and, that'sa surprise even for me, I decided to go. A dress has been spontaniously bought. The supplies for making a mask too.

I'm into a ball mood, that's true. Even if in stead of a ballroom there is a disco bar and in stead of a prince...well. Grown up girls don't have time for such nonsense as believing the fairytales, so I try to force myself not to expect more. But sometimes, when you here Tchaikovsky's valzes...

"Cinderella and Fairy Godmother in Dior Couture 2011" by Nicola Gobbetto


Bluebeard’s Secret Chamber Of The Modes Of The Moment: A Fashion Phantasy By Felix De Gray, 1922
source: 0rchid_thief


Based on the 1970’s Catherine Deneuve movie Donkey Skin 
it’s the sky dress, or tried 
my scanner killed the colors 


Donkey Skin

"Phenomenon" by Kathleen Jennings

Yves Saint Laurent
Evening dress designed and worn by Alma Cogan, late 1950’s
Bust is 92cm/36in, waist is 64cm/25in, about a size 12 UK/8 US.
Click to go to the absentee bidding page.  This Kerry Taylor auction will end October 16th at 2:00 PM GMT (9:00 AM EST).  You will need to register to bid ahead of time.


Evening dress, 1890’s
The next few posts will be from an old Doyle New York auction discovered by American Duchess.  Incredible stuff, just not so incredible pictures, unfortunately.

Robe √† l’anglaise, ca 1780 France, Museo de la Moda


Selyse Baratheon - Christian Lacroix Haute Couture Autumn/Winter 1995
1995 Lacroix haute couture
Ballgown by Pierre Balmain, 1950’s France, Les Arts D√©coratifs

And one more thing about balls and fairytales - remember, you can always get to the wrong place... 

the illustrations from


  1. oh how lovely! will you post a picture of you in your outfit? I have never been to a ball, prom or anything formal enough to wear a ball gown, and yes, I would love to go to one and wear something beautiful and magical x x x

  2. Thank you for asking:) I'll post it if you're interested. Wish you an opportunity to make it to some prom night!