In line with Austrian ball tradition, formal evening wear is expected.
This means full length ball gowns for the ladies, but when it comes to choosing the colour the options are endless – this year’s must-have colour or perhaps classic black? It’s up to you, but you should bear in mind that white dresses are traditionally the preserve of debutantes and younger ladies.
If you choose a sleeveless dress, we recommend teaming it with a stole or bolero jacket. Opera gloves, preferably matched to the colour of your dress, lend an additional air of elegance to your appearance – they are not mandatory, however. The length of the glove should be coordinated with the drop of the sleeve of your dress. If you opt for a shoulder free cut then it is perfectly acceptable for the glove to extend beyond the elbow. As a general rule of thumb: the longer the sleeve the shorter the glove.
Gentlemen are required to wear tails (white bow tie), a tuxedo (black bow tie) or gala uniform.
Here, “tails” means a morning jacket with rounded tails hanging well down at the back, trousers held up with braces (suspenders), a white dress shirt, and a low-cut cotton pique waistcoat, usually in white. The outfit is completed by a white bow tie and black patent leather shoes (no laces). Elegant pocket watches should be worn in preference to wrist watches.
The tuxedo ensemble consists of a classic tuxedo jacket with one or two buttons, trousers with satin piping, a plain or ruched dress shirt, cummerbund and black bow tie. Footwear can consist of patent leather shoes or highly polished plain black lace-ups. Alternatively, you may wear military dress uniform.
Both male and female visitors are welcome to appear in national dress.
Please note that the ball committee reserves the right to refuse admission to anyone not wearing appropriate ball attire.
Hairstyles fort the 2016/17 Ball Season in Vienna
by Ossig hairstyle & beauty
Hairstyles are all about fantasy for this year’s 2016/17 ball, whether put up in beautiful waves or curls, braided or straight. There are many ways to make the hairstyles look stylish by way of a noble knot or playful strands falling loose around the face to name but a few.
The bleeding of effects with clearly defined elements make the style appear delicate, fresh and elegant. Together with the right make-over and of course the dress, every woman will be made to feel beautiful/special for an unforgettable evening.