Backstage at the Queen Charlotte’s Ball 2011

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After being a debutante of the London Season myself last year I was really excited to attend the Queen Charlotte’s Ball 2011 at the beautiful Savoy and see this year’s lovely debs.
The gowns for this year’s event were provided by London based couture wedding dress designer Phillipa Lepley, who also kindly donated a gorgeous red evening gown to the auction raising money for the Children’s Trust. Phillipa is a lovely lady and incredibly talented, having worked with the shape and style of each girl at fittings. The work and attention to detail in the dresses is truly amazing. Each had a lot of fabric in the skirt and train, making manoeuvring round the area a little tricky. Of course one normally finds just one girl in a wedding dress at once, so all that tulle is quite a spectacle!
The dresses were complimented perfectly with stunning Mikimoto jewellery, again chosen for each girl and also her dress. Mikimoto kindly donated not one but two sets of striking jewellery to the auction, the Debutante necklace 2011 with pearl studs and the Pearls in Motion set.

Whilst the ball ran smoothly it was thanks to careful planning and rehearsals that day and the day before. Creative Director of the London Season Lukas Kroulik was in his element backstage, directing a team of talented hair and make up artists whilst Phillipa’s team arranged the gowns just so and the Mikimoto team introduced the girls to their beautiful pearls for the night. The hair was backcombed, pulled back elegantly and finished with a plait made into a pretty bun. The make up was fresh and dewy for a flawless finish, whilst the make up artists collaborated with each girl with regards to specific eye make up. I must say the girls looked absolutely gorgeous and I am so looking forward to sharing with you the rest of the evening.
If you would like to be a debutante of the 2012 London Season please see here for application information.

Blog post by Florrie Clarke, debutante of 2010. Photographs kindly provided by Mike Daines at Photocall Events.
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