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On 3 September 1951 Beistegui held a masked costume ball, which he called Le Bal oriental, at the Palazzo Labia.

{Le Bal Oriental} The couturier Jacques Fath and his wife, Genevieve (He as Le Roi Soleil; she as Queen of the Night)

Arturo Lopez-Willshaw, his wife and first cousin, Patricia, along with his companion the Barron De Rede (back left) arriving at LE BAL ORIENTAL On 3 September 1951.

Arturo Lopez-Willshaw, his wife and first cousin, Patricia, along with his companion Baron Alexis de Rede (back left) arriving at Le Bal Oriental, given by Charles de Beistegui in Venice on 3 September

Paul-Louis Weiller, Madame Mallard, Lady Diana Cooper, Baron de Cabrol and Madame Hersent at the Bal Beistegui

Cornell Capa: Paul-Louis Weiller, Madame Mallard, Lady Diana Cooper, Baron de Cabrol and Madame Hersent at the Bal Beistegui

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Arturo Lopez-Willshaw and Betty Clair at the Beistegui Ball 1951

Grace of Monaco at the Bal des Têtes 1956 - hosted at the Lambert by Baron Alexis de Redé - with headdresses designed by Yves Saint Laurent

Bal des Têtes 1956 - hosted at the Lambert by Baron Alexis de Redé with headdresses designed by then unknown Yves Saint Laurent

Georges Geffroy and Baron Alexis de Rede

Georges Geffroy and Baron Alexis de Rédé bal Beistegui 1951 © Ostier

It's my birthday today– no, no, please, hold the gifts! I couldn't possibly accept. But if you insist, I suppose I wouldn't turn down a ticket and a time machine to the costume party of the century– Le Bal Oriental, hosted by an eccentric millionaire at his Venetian palazzo in September of 1951...

Oh, to have been in Venice on the Night of September 3rd, 1951

Guests fox-trotting around Palazzo Labia’s upstairs ballroom, with Mrs Jacques Fath (R, Fore, back to camera) dressed as the sun. Venice, Italy September 1951 Photographer: Cornell Capa © Time Inc.

Charlie de Beistegui's 1951 costume ball at the Labia Palace in Venice

Discarded costume sharing a bench with weary and sholess Spanish Marques and Marguesa de Marianao. Location: Venice, Italy Date taken: September 1951 Photographer: Cornell Capa © Time Inc.

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When Venice Threw The ‘Ball of the Century’

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История красоты - Венецианский бал 1951 года.

* Orson Welles and Aimée de Heeren Bal Beistegui 1951

{Le Bal du Siècle} Beistegui Ball, Venice, September 3rd, 1951 ©Robert DOISNEAU/RAPHO

Venice Bal Beistegui 3 September 1951 © Robert Doisneau At the Ball of the Century, a row of bautas on one of the walls of the Palazzo Labia used as decoration for the “Masks and Dominoes” evening.

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