28.11.2009 - 29.11.2009
Caserta – November 28th. The banquets of the past brought back to life in the Royal Palace of Caserta: music, gala menus and period costumes displayed and worn by the guests.
For one night, the Royal Palace of Caserta creates an 18th-century atmosphere in its magnificent halls with a fancy dress ball. The dream of the Great Ball of the Bourbon Family will start before dark on Saturday November 28th with an exciting combination of music and pomp involving hundreds of people. Wearing magnificent period costumes – some of them are original – the participants will parade through the renovated Piazza Carlo III before making a triumphal entry into the eighteenth-century Royal Palace.
The royal table will be laid with the sumptuous dishes of a refined menu, like in all special occasions. The halls of the “Italian Versailles” will turn into a grand stage, where history is combined with the creativity of theater, the pleasure of food and the magic of music and dance. In Sala Alessandro, one of the halls of the Palace, an exhibition called "La Reggia e le Regine” (“The Royal Palace and the Queens”) will show some of the most important period costumes of the Tirelli collection.
The historical value of these costumes is extremely high; let’s think for instance of the ivory linen dress with golden embroideries of 1805, which probably belonged to Queen Carolina Bonaparte, wife of Gioacchino Murat, queen and king of the Kingdom of the Two Sicilies. In this exhibition is also shown a splendid wedding dress by Chanel sewed in 1928 for a Roman princess and the elegant black velvet dress that belonged to Countess Virginia de Castiglione.
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