In December of 1972, Marie-Hélène de Rothschild threw a “Surrealist Ball” at the Château de Ferrières, one of the large mansions owned by her family. The invitations were written backwards, forcing the guests to use the assistance of a mirror to read them. The attire required was “black tie, long dresses and surrealists heads.” Upon arrival, the facade of the chateau was lit in red with the effect of making it appear to be on fire. Guests had to walk through black ribbons that were meant to mimic cobwebs and a labyrinth maze before entering the ballroom. The costumes and masks were elaborate and extraordinary and the guest list was just as impressive, which included the likes of Audrey Hepburn and Salvador Dali. The servants were dressed as cats and the table centerpieces were like something out of the strangest of dreams. Recently, photographs of the event were released to the public, providing a unique view of the event.

1972 Rothschild Illuminati Ball

text written by Canbra Hodsdon