Kensington Palace has seen some sights in its long history. The Midwinter Ball seems to be trying to evoke the lavish court parties of the 18th Century, being held in the Orangerie (usually home to a rather delicious afternoon tea!) and featuring some amazing performers. A friend and fellow film extra actory type, the Irrepressible Edwin Flay will be doing escapology and death defying(ish) fire-hula hooping will be coming courtesy of Anna the Hulagan.
I'm most excited about taking an eerie tour of the Palace by night, apparently, you can hear 300 years of mysterious sights, unexplained happenings and strange stories as you are guided round the darkened rooms and echoing corridors... and listening to the amazing Trans Siberian March band playing klezmer/Balkan/ska/Latin mashups as is their wont.
It's on at school-night friendly times of 7.30-11.30pm as well. I'm going after a bit of festive ice-skating... so I may be hobbling from my various crash injuries. I have no idea what I'll wear that is suitable for all those activities!
Have a look at the full write-up on Run Riot and details of tickets and suchlike (they're £20), but let me know if you're going!
While I wait for official photographs to emerge, here's what I wore to the last ball I attended... the glorious Chap Magazine Grand Anarcho-Dandyist Ball...
Dress: vintage (1930s)
Coat: vintage (no idea!)
Clutch: Dungaree Dolly
We all need more opportunities to wear gown and finery, don't you think... pity you can't wear a full-length dress ice-skating!