Good Evening Ladies and Gentlemen!
How are you and how have your past months been? I wish I had uploaded more picture here, but I my bachelor thesis, my job and Gala Nocturna have been keeping me rather busy lately. I hope I will find the time to do a proper photo shooting with some of my costumes soon..! Preferably Margaery Tyrell, Princess Leia or Lucrezia Borgia.
➡ As some of you might have heard already I spent past weekend in Antwerp, Belgium where I attended a costume ball called Gala Nocturna. The ball is hosted by the beautiful and talented Belgian costume designer Viona. It took place for the 7th time and his year's motto was "The Pope's Daughter" - Hence my Borgia clothing.
We (Naraku, Talchy, Karina and I) arrived in Antwerp on Saturday afternoon, explored the city for a while, had late lunch and got ready for the ball later.
Entering the facilities of the ball was like stepping through the doors to another world - I am not kidding. After crossing two soldiers of the Papal Swiss Guard one entered a high church-like room whiches walls and ceilings were decorated with beautiful golden mosaics. Many beautifully dressed people were already queuing to get their drinks. The light was dimmed and music out of the Italian Renaissance was playing... The atmosphere at the ball was simply overwhelming. There is absolutely no way to put this experience into words. The whole evening truly felt like a travel back in time.
My highlight of the evening was definitely the Renaissance dance lesson with dancing master Lieven Baert. I would have never thought dancing such dances would be both so much fun and so exhausting. I really hope I'll get the chance to do it again in the future.
Besides the dance lesson we enjoyed the different performances on stage, got pictures taken in the beautiful photo corner, got to know many amazing people from all over Europe and even bought pieces of beautiful neo-romantic designer jewellery as souvenirs.
The next morning we did some sightseeing in Antwerp (A truly beautiful city!) and had delicous Belgian waffles for breakfast. Depending on the motto of next year's Gala Nocturna I might attend the ball again next year. The people I met there were absolutely right - This type of event is a lot of fun and very addictive.
Here are a couple of pictures of Gala Nocturna: