This year’s Rose Ball has been pushed back a few months to July to increase the chances of it going ahead, after the high-profile event was cancelled last year due to Covid.
The Salle des Etoiles at the Sporting Monte-Carlo will again set the scene for one of the year’s most anticipated social events, the Rose Ball (Bal de la Rose). Created in 1954 by Princess Grace, it is usually held in March, but due to ongoing problems associated with the pandemic, organisers decided to postpone the event until 8th July to ensure guests will be in total comfort and safety. Due to Covid, last year’s Rose Ball was cancelled completely.
Each year, the Rose Ball brings together the social elite for a night of splendour and is currently presided by Prince Albert II and Princess Caroline of Hanover, but at the heart of the event is an internationally accepted charity event.
The auction prizes are legendary and include paintings and sculptures from renowned artists with all proceeds going to the Princess Grace Foundation, of whom Princess Caroline is president. Since 1964, the Foundation has taken steps to help children in need through philanthropic and humanitarian projects.
The theme of the Rose Ball changes every year and is decided upon by a big-name personage. This year, the chosen one is none other than high-end footwear maker Christian Louboutin, whose theme of “The Twenties, The Return” is sure to be one for the history books.
Guests will be asked to step back in time to the oh-so chic 1920’s, so expect intricately beaded dresses, smart black-tie suits and people dancing the Charleston. No doubt, many fashionista guests will also be sporting his gorgeously crafted shoes, made notable by their distinguishing red lacquered soles.
Louboutin has other reasons to be in Monaco in July, as his summer retrospective, L’Exhibition(niste), opens its doors the day after the ball on 9th July at the Grimaldi Forum. The exhibit will run through to 28th August.
The Rose Ball is already a sell-out, but there is a waiting list for those who are willing to attend last minute. For more information or to get on the wait list, call +377 98 06 63 41.
Photo of 2019 Rose Ball by Eric Mathon, Prince’s Palace