Moonlight and Stars Bright: a night of Vintage Glamour at Kensington Palace
Skirts will be swinging and feet tapping over in the Orangery at Kensington Palace this week as we host our annual summer ball – this time with a 1950s theme. Inspired by the star-studded and stunning parties thrown in the Palace’s past, jive and do-wop your way back through the decades as a magical line-up churn out an irresistible array of tunes throughout the evening’s 50s festivities.
Join us for a dazzling evening in Queen Anne’s Orangery, as we celebrate the launch of the latest exhibition at the Palace – ‘Fashion Rules: Dress from the collections of HM The Queen, Princess Margaret and Diana, Princess of Wales’. Take Norman Hartnell and Hardy Amies couture as your inspiration and don your best 1950s glamour or sharpest suit – think early Beatles vs. Stones. Prizes will be awarded for the best dressed guests!
There’ll be no excuse to avoid hitting the dance floor, with live performances from four amazing acts. Electro Swing sensation Little Violet will provide a sprinkle of swing, catchy melodies and bouncy beats to get you in the mood. Vintage sensation the Tootsie Rollers will bring glamour to the proceedings with a selection of golden-era classics you’ll find singing along irresistible. Rediscover your inner Sandra-Dee with the dapper chaps from The Inteli-Gents, who’ll leave your feet sore and your ears smiling. Finally, marvel at Marawa’s Majorettes, fresh from a performance at Kate Nash’s latest album launch, this super-fun hoola hoop troupe won’t fail to get hips swinging!
Top DJs – including Gabby Young and other Animals – will keep up the retro theme throughout the evening. Hear music the way it’s supposed to sound – straight from the record player, from Ms Chameleon’s Mechanical Melodies. Step back into the 50s as Kate Hutchinson takes us through the classics.
Entertainments abound throughout the evening. Gents – become your inner Don Draper for the evening by taking part in a very special whisky cocktail making class. Ladies – deportment is vital in those nipped-in 1950s dresses – so get all the etiquette tips you need on the Palace lawn. Whet your appetite with 1950s inspired food and drink to satisfy the tastebuds!
Don’t miss this nostalgic evening – in the spectacular setting of so many star-studded parties of the past. Limited tickets available – advance booking is strongly recommended.
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