Ballet Austin’s Fête and fête*ish Features Celestino Couture Runway Show
By Rob Giardinelli – Photography by John Pesina
THE SETTING: Austin’s JW Marriott was the recent setting for the Ballet Austin Fête and fête*ish after-party. This year’s event, Fête Couture kicked off the Austin fall gala season in high style. During the course of the evening, over 600 guests fortunate enough to be a part of the festivities were treated to a fabulous evening of fun and fashion.
THE STYLE: The night began in the ballroom foyer for cocktail hour. Over 300 black-tie clad attendees took advantage of the stylish theme by donning their finest interpretation of couture that created a seamless and beautiful tapestry with women wearing everything from bold prints to sequined gowns. The men donned tuxedos, many of whom took the liberty of wearing colorful dinner jackets that reflected bold fashion choices.
The action then moved to the ballroom for the main program where, Master of Ceremonies, Society Texas’ own Lance Avery Morgan, effortlessly kept the festivities flowing, all the while an additional 300 partygoers were getting the fête*ish Fashion Never Sleeps after- party revved-up in the ballroom next door. Fête and fete*ish were then fused together as one party when the doors opened between the two ballrooms to reveal fête*ish well under way. Then, the start of the dazzling runway show, courtesy of internationally renowned-designer Celestino Couture, featured 23 stunning looks that brought the crowd to their feet. The afterparty ensured that the fun continued well into the night as guests danced the night away and toasted the success of the evening.
THE PURPOSE: Fête was chaired by Kara and Matt Swinney and fête*ish was co-chaired by Cassandra King Polidori and Stephanie O’Neill. Proceeds from both events benefited Ballet Austin, which is led by Cookie Ruiz and Stephen Mills. The mission of Ballet Austin is to share the joy of dance by providing accessible and exceptional arts and arts education programs for the Central Texas community.
Recently, on a
sunny spring afternoon, guests of every age descended upon the newly renovated
The LINE Hotel to support and celebrate Ballet Austin Guild as it presented its
35th Spring fundraiser, An Afternoon of
Enchantment. In fact, for many the tea has become both a new and treasured
Following a VIP
reception to honor the event’s major supporters, old friends and new began
gathering to mix and mingle over welcome drinks while capturing the moment in
the ever popular photo booth. Guests were dressed in their best tea finery but
the festive hats and fascinators definitely took center stage. The ballroom
doors opened to reveal the enchanted forest beyond and exquisite tables laden
with every kind of delicious treat, tea, and champagne, all designed and
beautifully executed by VP of Fundraising Events and Event Chair Shane Manning
and his devoted team of Guild volunteers. Musicians Anthony Chen and Cory Blais
performed, while Butler Fellowship Program dancers Meredith Stitt and Ellis
Broderick posed for photos with guests in their balletic tutus.
filled to overflowing tempted partygoers waiting for the program that Amanda
Tatom emceed. Guild members enjoyed the opportunity to visit with Stephen
Mills, Ballet Austin Sarah and Ernest Butler Family Fund artistic director,
Cookie Ruiz, Ballet Austin’s Executive Director, and a number of Ballet Austin
We love that
2019 marks the 44th anniversary of Ballet Austin Guild, a non-profit
organization supporting Ballet Austin’s educational and community programs
benefiting over 57,000 Central Texans each year. The Guild consists of
energetic volunteers who want to learn more about ballet and contribute to one
of Austin’s finest cultural institutions. Proceeds from the event, designed as
prelude to Ballet Austin’s season finale production of the Romantic Era
classic, Giselle, support the Ballet
Austin Academy youth scholarship fund. This fund ensures that no child who has
the talent and desire to study ballet is denied a formal dance education due to