Wednesday, 15 September 2010

Queen Charlotte Ball - The Debutantes 2010

I, together with my amazing team, were chosen for this years Queen Charlotte's Ball held on Monday 13th September, to front the make up & hair side to the event which takes place annually, and is the finale to The London Season's calender of events.28 Debutantes were under our artistic wands!
It was staged at London's Inner Temple in The Treasury, and 'Hello' magazine covered the evening both in front of house and back stage, together with various news and entertainment programes.
Make up was supplied courtesy of 'The Green People' and hair products by 'TIGI'.

The history of The Debutantes dates back 200 years: The Queen Charlotte Ball was founded 200 years ago by Queen Charlotte with the help of the Debutantes of the time to raise funds for mothers and babies through the hospital that later became known as Queen Charlotte hospital. Today this tradition continues in a sort of new format charity event, attracting royalty and celebrities.
A Debutante comes from the French word meaning 'female beginner'. It is a young lady from an aristocratic or upper class family who has reached the age of maturity and as a new adult is introduced to society at a formal, 'debut' presentation. Originally it meant that the young woman was eligible to marry with a view to marriage within a select upper class circle. Debutantes maybe recommended by a distinguished committee or sponsored by an established member of elite society. In the southern United States, Debutantes are also referred to as 'Southern Belles', the male equivalent of a Debutante is a 'Beau'.

Please see below extremely rare footage of the dress rehearsal.