Le Bal is culturally linked to the 18th century English tradition of the débutante ball, wherein the young ladies were introduced into society. The débutantes were curtsying to HM the Queen, wearing white gowns, white gloves and tiaras. In France the traditional débutante ball started in 1957 and ended in 1973.
In 1994, Ophélie Renouard invented a modern version that she named “le Bal”. Its purpose is to raise money for Charities to help young women. Each year, Ophélie Renouard brings together about only 20 vibrant young women and their cavaliers.
The cavaliers wear white tie, and the haute couture and couture houses each dress a Deb for the event. It is the only Charity ball in the world where the Debs wear haute couture and couture. Le Bal in Paris is also the only débutante ball in the world which is by invitation only. It is not possible to buy tickets to attend or take part in le Bal in Paris.
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