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An Invitation To Browse Photos Of Marie-Helene de Rothschild’s Surrealist Ball (1972)

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1972 Surrealiste Ball invite Château de Ferrières Le Baron et la Baronne Guy de Rothschild

1972 Surrealiste Ball invite Château de Ferrières Le Baron et la Baronne Guy de Rothschild

On 12 December 1972, Marie-Helene de Rothschild and husband Baron Guy de Rothschild hoisted a soiree at Ferrières, their Paris mansion. It’s our good fortune that guest Baron Alexis de Redé recorded what went on. He writes:

“This time the guests were asked to come in black tie and long dresses with Surrealist heads. The invitation was printed with reversed writing on a blue and cloudy sky, inspired by a painting by Magritte. To decipher the card, it had to be held to a mirror.”

Château de Ferrières in 1972

Château de Ferrières in 1972

 

1972 Surrealiste Ball

1972 Surrealiste Ball invite

1972 Surrealiste Ball invite

 

“Marie Hélène proved that she had the flare and imagination to create something unique and worthwhile. None of this was created by charm alone. It needed a degree of ruthless determination. She attended to every minute detail of style in her life and also in her entertaining. She was a great hostess with all the qualities. She loved parties and people. She was forever in quest of new talent and new figures to entertain from the world of the arts, literature, dance and haute couture. She mixed them with the more established set of Paris society. everyone was intrigued. Marie-Hélène’s parties took on such importance that one social figure threatened to commit suicide unless she was invited…”

 

Charles de Croisset, Marisa Berenson, Paul-Louis Weiller

Charles de Croisset, Marisa Berenson, Paul-Louis Weiller

Salvador Dalí and the italian princess Maria Gabriella de Savoia

Salvador Dalí and the italian princess Maria Gabriella de Savoia

1972 Surrealiste Ball Audrey Hepburn

Audrey Hepburn

Baron Alexis de Redé

Baron Alexis de Redé

“It is not possible to repeat such things now for many reasons. But it is fascinating to look back and to remember these occasions, which dominated our thoughts and plans to such an extent for so many months. I am happy that I took part in so many, and happy that I gave some myself.”

 

The two headed Baroness Thyssen-Bornemizza and Guy Baguenault de Puchesse

The two headed Baroness Thyssen-Bornemizza and Guy Baguenault de Puchesse

 Jacqueline Delubac

Jacqueline Delubac

Claude Lebon and Charlotte Aillaud

Claude Lebon and Charlotte Aillaud

Hugues Gall and Mrs. Rolf Libermann

Hugues Gall and Mrs. Rolf Libermann

The Menu

The Menu

1972

1972

Table of the metaphysical perspectives

Table of the metaphysical perspectives

Table of the insane shoes

Table of the insane shoes

Table of the tenderized turtles

Table of the tenderized turtles

Table of the swaying dolls

Table of the swaying dolls

1972 Surrealiste Ball Detail of a table with a fur dish, Mae West red lips and a blue bread

1972 Surrealiste Ball Detail of a table with a fur dish, Mae West red lips and a blue bread

A sugar made woman laying in a bed of roses desert

A sugar made woman laying in a bed of roses desert

1972Hélène Rochas

Baron Alexis de Redé in a Dalí designed Hat and Mrs. Espírito Santo

Baron Alexis de Redé in a Dalí designed Hat and Mrs. Espírito Santo

 Baroness Marie-Hélène de Rothschild and Baron Alexis de Redé


Baroness Marie-Hélène de Rothschild (her headdress is ‘crying’ diamond tears) and Baron Alexis de Redé

 

Via: Scalaregia

  • Man, I wish I could afford the drugs these people must be smoking. Those whacked-out tables would give me nightmares! But, Dali’s always groovy. Love how he didn’t bother with a weird head. He’s Dali, dammit!

  • joseph powell

    Nooooo….nothing Illuminati-ish or Eyes-Wide-Shut-like going on here…move along.
    Sleep.
    Obey.

    • Gussssss

      It’s a f’ing costume party you paranoid loon