All excited about our extravagant Baroque Ball, but don’t have a handy 17th Century period costume kicking around the back of your wardrobe? Never fear!
Our dress code isn’t so demanding that ladies and gentlemen in less than full-frontal baroque attire will be turned away from the ball. Far from it! You may wear whatever glamorous getup you please to our night of romance. However, if you would like to add a Marie Antoinette touch or two to your already fabulous outfit, or need some inspiration for simple ways to dress to theme, look no further - You SHALL go to the ball!
1 - Big. Hair.
Worry not about having an on-theme dress: the hair was where it was at in 18th century France. Think Baroque, think of those fabulous white wigs everyone was sporting, the dramatic curls and ringlets and hairdos piled high with ostrich feathers and roses and diamonds!
Outrageously tall hairstyles were the hight of fashion back in the day, and it’s a really simple way to add a Baroque touch to a modern outfit. No fancy costuming required!
Here is a tutorial on how to create fabulous Marie Antoinette style hair-get your hairspray ready!
And here’s another one that doesn’t use hair doughnuts
2 - White Hair!
Make your hair look like the dandiest white wig in all of christendom. Simply pick up some white hairspray from the party shop and spray your updo into shape!
3 - Ribbon Necklaces
Sweet ribbon necklaces were all the rage. Baroque up your modern ball gown (or cocktail dress) with a slim ribbon necklace tied in a bow.
4 - Fans
Flirty Fans! Did you know that the way you handled your fan was said to send signals to your lover? A staple of every ladies outfit through the Rennaisance, Baroque, Rococo and Georgian eras, the secret language of fans was a hidden feminine art. Up your Baroque Game by simply adding a fan to your ensemble.
5 - Pastel Colours
The Baroque and Rococo period were famously delicate and feminine. Beautiful lace dresses in candy-cane colours of peach, periwinkle, mint and sunshine yellow…
6 - Anything Lacy and Fabulous
The OTT gowns of King Louis’ French court can be matched today with beautiful lacey garments, frilly petticoats and big skirts. What about a full skirted fifties dress with a Marie Antoinette up do with a feather on top? How about an apricot lacy bodycon dress, with a ribbon necklace and a beauty mark? It’s easy to sneak in a little Rococo glamour into your evening wardrobe.
7 - Put Your Beauty Mark On it
Big, glorious beauty marks! Did you know where a beauty mark was placed on your face or your bosom was a secret code to make the other courtiers aware what kind of romance you were looking for? Pop a beauty mark on it. 18th Century courtesan Madame du Barry provided this handy guide to placement and meaning:
Tadaa! Just with a ribbon here and a beauty mark there, you are ready and on theme for the ball.
For yet more inspiration check out the Neon Moon Baroque Ball Pinterest board:
And don't forget there will be plenty of opportunities to do last minute shopping for accessories at the fabulous boutique!
See you there!