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The Washington Opera Ball

Having a Ball

Considered one of the most prestigious social events in Washington, the 41st annual Opera Ball once again gathered together leaders of the diplomatic, political, corporate, and arts communities for a splendid evening of dining and dancing. Keeping with tradition, ballgoers first attended one of the many exquisite dinner parties hosted by ambassadors at their official residences and embassies throughout the city. Following dinner, guests convened at the lovely Kalorama residence of the French Ambassador for dessert and dancing. Renowned French designer Christian Lacroix worked his design magic that evening, creating a French millennium fantasy. The Opera Ball is sponsored each year by the Women's Committee, and raises funds for the Washington Opera.

Hosts: the Ambassador of France and Mrs. Bujon de l'Estang

Ball Chair: the Honorable Jane DeGraff Sloat

Women's Committee Chair: Mrs. E. Edward Bruce

Scene & Heard
With Christian Lacroix's name behind the decor, it should come as no surprise that the details were nothing short of perfection. The façade of the residence was dramatically lit as guests entered through plush red velvet drapery. Once inside, beautiful candelabras flickered near stunning opera ball gowns prominently displayed throughout the interior. Even a dainty chocolate evening slipper brimming with fresh fruit, sat perched upon the dessert table. How ever could the hard-working designer recoup from such an extraordinary feat? Guests say Lacroix had some fun of his own -cutting a rug on the dance floor.
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The Ambassador of France and Anne Bujon de l'Estang

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