In the heart of the fabulous Palazzo Labia, on May 11th Dior celebrated, together with the Venetian Heritage foundation – for its 20th anniversary – the “Tiepolo Ball”. Timed to coincide with the opening of the Venice Biennale, the charity dinner and ball, with proceeds going to the restoration and promotion of Venice’s cultural heritage, brought back to life the lavish spirit of the iconic “Ball of the Century” held by Charles de Beistegui in this mythical palace in 1951.
Christian Dior and Salvador Dalí were among the guests. Together, they designed the costumes for the giants who opened the festivities. Reconnecting with the magic of this legendary ball, Maria Grazia Chiuri for this grand and unique event created, for a handful of personalities and friends of Dior, exclusive designs in collaboration with two Venetian Houses of great renown: Bevilacqua and Rubelli. Precious cloths based on the Fortuny archives were used to dress the tables of the charity dinner. A magical and sparkling performance created by the artist Parolabianca featured dancers and stilt walkers. These moving tableaux were enhanced by sculptural reflective dresses baptized Constellation designed by Italian artist Pietro Ruffo in collaboration with the Artistic Director of Dior’s women’s collections to represent the starry night sky and the 12 signs of the zodiac. This exceptional evening paid tribute to Dior’s heritage and the House’s precious ties with Venice, as well the excellence of a savoir-faire in perpetual movement.