As a fan of Regency-era romance novels and BBC period dramas, I think about lavish masquerade balls probably more than the average person and I’m okay with that.
In a sexually explicit yet sensually starved world, I find the idea of being beautifully attired but partially concealed very seductive and appealing. Chandeliers and candelabras aside, I am also fond of intelligent, in-depth conversations with people that enjoy having them as much as I do.
Naturally, I wouldn’t expect anyone to discuss anything too heavy when they’re in full party mode but I love the idea that the people present at my dream ball would be capable of doing so.
In 1951, the eccentric multi-millionaire Carlos de Beistegui hosted “Le Bal Oriental” that has been described as the most extravagant ball of the modern era.
The ultra-exclusive guest list included artists, aristocrats and intellectuals. The event was so monumental that participants rehearsed their entrances to the ball for months prior as they were expected to be mini productions in and of themselves.
The flamboyant Don Carlos donned a long sausage curl wig and two foot high platform shoes so he could tower over his guests to keep an eye on every detail. I love this guy.
So, as I flipped through the images of what a Vogue journalist called “the party of the century”, I thought to myself “Who could pull off a smart, swanky yet hip Oriental themed ball with really interesting, diverse people on the guest list? Only one man came to mind…the RZA.
I nominate him to be the next Don Carlos. Yes, that’s right…the Producer/Rapper/Director/Actor/Author/Chess Champion of Wu Tang Clan fame RZA. Who else could have Shao-Lin monks, Eli Roth, Quentin Tarantino, Russell Crowe, Bjork and socialite Ali Simms dancing to an orchestrated version of “Flying Birds” and it all make sense? I’m not sure if he would be interested in hosting a fancy ball because I haven’t had the honor of meeting him yet but a girl can dream of discussing mathematics and Shaw Brothers classics amidst a sea of bejeweled Venetian masks.
Image: The Source Magazine
Tayannah McQuillar is a writer and the Founder of Demimonde Public Relations (www.demimondepr.com) @demimondepr