Grand Trianon Haute Couture Party

Grand Trianon Party Celebrates Haute Couture and 18th Century Fashion


At the suitably grand finale to the July haute couture shows in Paris, beautiful burlesque queen Dita Von Teese glided into Versailles for the Grand Trianon Party celebrating the closing night of the fashion shows. A double celebration, the affair also marked the Opening Night of “The 18th Century Back in Fashion,” an exhibition organized with the Musée Galliera in Paris.

In an elegant Alexis Mabille gown and on the arm of Alexis Mabille, Von Teese said she came often to Versailles to see exhibits that take her back to an earlier time. 

Featuring some of today’s most intricately detailed ball gowns and jacket ensembles, the show made it easy to see how much contemporary designs resemble their counterparts from the pre-revolutionary French court. So sumptuous and elaborate were some designs  that it was difficult to believe they hadn’t been transported straight from the 18th century.

More than 500 guests, also including designers Jean Paul Gaultier, Vivienne Westwood, Stephane Rolland, Azzedine Alaia, Christian Louboutin and Giambattista Valli, turned up for the soiree, which was staged by France’s fashion association, the Chambre Syndicale de la Couture.

The invitation’s dress code stated black tie, but that didn’t stop some 21st century party-goers from wearing what they pleased. Louboutin paired a green tie with his white dinner jacket.

And although I wasn’t tabulating designer dresses, I noticed that Sally Perrin, creative director of Perrin Paris; noted author Susan Orlean (her latest: “Rin Tin Tin: The Life and Legend”); and several others sported Gaultier, including male model Tanel Bedrossiantz, who wore his feathered skirt from the previous day’s runway show. (Yes, he wore a skirt. See the picture in the gallery below and the Gaultier story on this website.)

With glamour the rule, it seemed wise to exercise caution in moving about, lest one trip upon a passing train. (A friend once told me, “If you want to guarantee a horrible evening, get a dress with a train.” And whenever I’ve watched a party-goer trounce upon a trailing gown, I’m happy I heard those words.)

This being a “dinatoire,” aka heavy hors d’oeuvres, guests nibbled on delicate morsels and sipped Taittinger Champagne after surveying the show. Then, when darkness fell, the crowd adjourned to the gardens, where great bursts of fireworks lit the skies and brought July’s haute couture days to a glittering close.

The Grand Trianon Haute Couture Party ended the fall 2011/2012 shows and opened the museum’s exhibition.

Photos from top: Scene at the glamour Grand Trianon Haute Couture party; Dita Von Teese on the arm of Alexis Mabille



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Grand Trianon Haute Couture Party

Published August 2011 – Ellen Olivier, Society News LA