On the night of February 4, 144 young women in stunning white ball gowns, long white gloves and beautiful tiaras lived out a fantasy: On the arms of their handsome escorts, they opened the 60th annual Vienna Opera Ball with an impeccably executed Viennese waltz.
There was certainly no shortage of sparkle: Vienna Opera Ball’s long-time partner Swarovski collaborated with Marie Boltenstern, who designed the gorgeous tiaras. Granddaughter of the illustrious Viennese architect Erich Boltenstern, Marie recently took over the jewelry label named for her father, Sven Boltenstern. Her design, Rising Star, evokes the moment that a debutante takes to the stage for her formal introduction to society.
The organizers of the star-studded event excelled themselves this year, with spectacular performances by the Vienna State Opera Ballet and international opera sensations Plácido Domingo and Olga Peretyatko. Local dignitaries such as Austrian President Heinz Fisher were in attendance, together with a clutch of global celebrities, including Brooke Shields, who brought a dash of Hollywood glamour to the mix.
Representing a flower in bloom, the tiara has three Navette-cut crystals at the center surrounded by delicate petals of rounded crystals. In another dream come true, each debutante got to keep her tiara—a dazzling memento to crown a magical night!
Stills of tiara: © Thomas Schrott
Pictures of debutant with tiara: © Philipp Jelenska
Impressions of the night: © Jürgen Hammerschmid