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Created by Princess Grace of Monaco in 1954, the Rose Ball is held every March by the Société des Bains de Mer. The funds raised are donated to the Princess Grace Foundation, which offers assistance to people in need and disadvantaged children.

Since it was created in 1954, the Rose Ball has been the leading society event on the Monegasque calendar, ahead of the Red Cross Ball. Presided over by Prince Albert II and Princess Caroline of Hanover, it brings together the aristocracy and international high society for a festive evening in Monaco. A symbol of glamour, the Rose Ball keeps the legend of Monte-Carlo alive.

The Ball features a different theme and different decor every year, and some big names have helped to stage the event. From 1999 until his death in 2019, fashion designer and director of the fashion house Chanel Karl Lagerfeld organised this prestigious evening, devising incredible atmospheres within the Sporting de Monte-Carlo.

The ambiances created within the Salle des Etoiles have, in turn, evoked the Belle Epoque (2013), Russian Constructivism (2014), Art Deco style (2015), Cuba (2016), Viennese Romanticism (2017), the enormous urban scale of New York (2018) and the golden age of the French Riviera in the 1950s (2019). “Not a single ball (was held) without Karl, without his presence, his support, often his artistic direction and illustrations that he had drawn personally for the invitations,” the Société des Bains de Mer commented following the death of the great designer in 2019.

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Christian Louboutin, the famous shoe designer renowned for his red soles, has taken over artistic direction of the Rose Ball from the “Great Karl”. After a two-year hiatus due to the coronavirus epidemic, the designer chose the theme “Return to the 20s” for 2022. At this throwback to the Roaring Twenties, the audience enjoyed a fun performance, where the highlight was a brand new striptease routine from Dita von Teese.

The Rose Ball is first and foremost a charity event. Funds raised through the raffle and other outstanding prizes (sculptures, paintings, etc.) have been donated in full to the Princess Grace Foundation since 1964. The Princess Grace Foundation is a charity which provides assistance to people in need and disadvantaged children. In particular, it has helped a number of paediatric units in French hospitals to purchase equipment that promotes the comfort of sick children.
The Foundation also supports work to distract children, for example by bringing in clowns to perform by their bedside.

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