tiistai 3. joulukuuta 2013

Christmas Ball, 2013


The annual Christmas Ball was held again on the last weekend of November in Suomenlinna. I arrived several hours before the ball to meet with a group of pretty ladies from the North. After changing in to our evening attire, we braved the hard and cold wind and walked across the island to visit Ehrensvärd Museum. Sanna had just made a pair of new dresses, including the gorgeous new saque she wore to the ball, and the museum provided a great photo opportunity. 











My husband got me a new fan as an early birthday present. It's my third fan from Aurora and it might be my favorite of them all. I love the simple neoclassical design.


I thought that the sparkly sequined fan went well with the glittering embroidery of the dress. An effect that's impossible to capture with camera though. I tried playing with sharpness to try to bring it out more, but it's beyond my photo editing skills.



Parts of the exhibition were unfortunately closed but there were still some nice objects to see. 


In my pre ball excitement I asked my husband to take photos of two portraits of ladies wearing court gowns but I completely forgot to ask photos of the labels. So I must apologize for not being able to tell more about them until I visit the museum again.



There were also several examples of gorgeous tilework and of course I had to pose in front of all of them. 




The view from one of the windows.



The ball was held in Tenalji von Fersen, the old granary of the fortress bakery, built in 1775. I love the high arched ceiling. These photos were taken before the ball during an 18th century fair, open for spectators.




The musketeers had several presentations during the day. 



After sundown the ball begun. We started with a terrific 18th century style dinner. I have so much admiration to our cooks, especially Marianne who has, for several years now, come to cook for us all the way from Sweden. Also, some of the foods were presented in clever and debauched arrangements which was highly amusing. 

I was also extremely happy to get to meet Isis for the first time. I loved her new dress. And it was wonderful to get to witness the effects of her authentic 18th century cosmetics in person. I was so impressed with the beautiful glow it created for her skin. 

Just before dessert my evening took a turn for worse and all of a sudden I didn't feel well at all. It got so bad that there was no way I could have stayed any longer. I had to leave before the ball properly even started so regrettably I don't have any photos of any of the guests in their evening finery. And I was crushed that the time spent with friends was cut so short. I hope everyone had a wonderful time and I look forward to hearing all about it soon.


27 kommenttia:

  1. I was so sorry that you had to leave so early! I hope you felt better quickly! It was lovely to meet you and I hope we can do it again soon! And you gown was so beautiful!

    VastaaPoista
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    1. Thank you very much! Luckily I was fine the next day. I hope we get to meet again soon!

      Poista
  2. I'm sorry you didn't feel well :( But your dress is wonderful and I just love the photos with a group of ladies in ethereal white dresses in the museum. You all look so gorgeous! And of course I am still in awe of all your silver embroidery on that dress!

    VastaaPoista
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    1. Thank you very much! White was the popular color choice for the day. :)

      Poista
  3. I'm so pleased to see this gown again! So stunning!
    -Emily

    Emily's Vintage Visions

    VastaaPoista
  4. Stunning! It looks like a magical evening~
    Mary
    http://anhistoricallady.blogspot.com

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    1. Thank you, I bet it was. I wish I could have stayed longer.

      Poista
  5. Very beautiful. Your gown was or rather is pure elegance. Cheers

    VastaaPoista
  6. Hei, löysin infon tosta ekasta maalauksesta Riitta Pylkkäsen kirjasta ainakin. Se on ev. luutn. A. J. Jägerhornin rouva Ulrika Sofia Blomcreutz (1754-1830) valkoisessa hovipuvussa, maalannut Per Fjellström (? 1763)

    VastaaPoista
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    1. Kiitos, hienoa! Aika tummana on maalattu tuo valkoinen hovipuku. Näyttää ihan harmaalta. :)

      Poista
  7. Stunning dresses, like the winterly beauty of snowflakes. Thanks for taking us with you to the Ehrensvärd Museum. I'm sorry to hear that you've had to leave early, hope you feel better by now :)

    Sabine

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    1. Thank you! And I was fine the next day. :)

      It was all accidental that there were three of us in white, but I thought it was fun and it suited the wintery theme of the day.

      Poista
  8. Looks like it was a wonderful event and you all looked stunning! I was so disappointed for not being able to come, to see you all again and spend time in Suomenlinna :/ Sorry to hear that you didn't feel well, hope it passed quickly! Please wear the white gown again to some other event, I really want to see it in person :)

    VastaaPoista
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    1. Thank you! Luckily I was fine the next day.

      You were certainly missed. I hope we get to meet again soon somewhere. Perhaps there still is a chance that we manage to make that Georgian ice skating party happen. And I promise to wear that dress again in some future ball. :)

      Poista
  9. How wonderful everyone and everything and YOU looked! What a most delightful evening...I'm green with jealousy!! Your fan is so beautiful! What a sweet, thoughtul husband you have!

    Blessings!
    Gina

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    1. Thank you very much! I'm a lucky woman. :)

      Poista
  10. Wow you are AMAZING!!! I am always floored by your work! Absolutely stunning, dreamy, beautiful, authentic, perfect! Very inspired..... :)

    VastaaPoista
  11. What is the annual event at Suomenlinna? Is it associated with a group here?

    VastaaPoista
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    1. The ball is held with the Christman season opening festivities at Suomenlinna. The organizing group is Helsingin Wanha Waruswäki ja Kaupungin Hywät Asukkaat. http://www.hww.fi/

      Poista
  12. Kiitos inspiraatiosta. En ole tiennyt että suomessa kukaan järjestää tilaisuuksia joissa voi pukeutua näin. Historiallisten asujen ompelu kiinnostaa minua todella paljon mutta olen luopunut kaikista haaveistani sillä olen ajatellut että turha ommella mitään kaappiin. Tästä sainkin ajateltavaa. Järjestättekö näitä tapahtumia yksityisesti vai ovatko ne tosiaan linkitettyinä jonkin ryhmän toimintaan? Löysin juuri blogisi American Duchessin kautta enkä ole ehtinyt vielä käydä koko blogiasi läpi. Miten kauniilta näytättekään asuissanne!

    VastaaPoista
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    1. Suomessa on aika paljon keskiaikaharrastustoimintaa ja siihen liittyviä yhdistyksiä mutta ne ovat valitettavasti minulle vielä vieraita. Mutta jos nämä myöhäisemmät vuosisadat kiinnostavat, niin Helsingin Wanha Waruswäki ja Kaupungin Hywät Asukkaat http://www.hww.fi/ ja L'Amusette Tampereelta https://sites.google.com/site/quelscandale/ järjestävät 1700-luvun tapahtumia. Uudenmaan Karoliinit 1800-luvun alkupuolen tapahtumia http://www.karoliinit.fi/www/ ja pääosin CAS-ammuntaseurana toimiva C.O.W.S. järjestää joitain tapahtumia 1800-luvun lopulle http://www.cows.fi/. Joitain yksityisiäkin pikkutapahtumia ja kokoontumisia järjestetään aina silloin tällöin, mutta niistäkin saa parhaiten tietoa olemalla jonkin yhdistyksen jäsenenä. Ehdottomasti kannattaa aloittaa ompelu ja liittyä mukaan!

      Poista
  13. You are so talented! Stunning costumes!
    I hope to attend a costume ball one day but I am not a good sewer

    VastaaPoista
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    1. Thank you very much! I hope you get to go one day. And maybe with a little practise or perhaps with someone's help you'll be able to make your dream dress.

      Poista
  14. Amazing! Your ability to move from baroque to regency is astounding. I intend to follow.

    -Cincinnatus
    http://johannfactotum.blogspot.com/

    VastaaPoista