On February 7, 2013, celebrities, business magnates, politicians, and 144 delighted debutantes dressed up to the nines and waltzed their way round what is surely among the world’s most glittering ballrooms. The event was the annual Vienna Opera Ball, which dates back, under in its present name, to 1935, and is the Austrian capital’s social event of the year.
Top designer Prince Dimitri of Yugoslavia collaborated with Swarovski once again to create the lavish crystal crown worn by all the debs, ‘Sissi’s Dreams Tiara’. The dazzling diadems featured 546 hand-applied SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS and were inspired by a painting of the fragrant ‘Sissi’, the affectionate name given to the beloved 19th-century Empress Elisabeth of Austria.
The debutantes’ heavenly headwear was a tiny taste of the opulence on show. Five thousand guests mingled amid magical décor at the Crystal Bar and sipped champagne under a Rococo-style arch that shimmered with 200,000 SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS. We’re just wondering if anyone left a crystal slipper behind…
Pictures: Michael Pöhn / Wiener Staatsoper