Dressing as Cinderella to the Cinderella Ball


The Cinderella Ball and After Party is next Friday, and with it comes the perfect excuse to dress as a princess (like we ever needed an excuse!)


Dress by Craig Lawrence


Before I share some ideas on dressing for the Ball, there’s a few things you should know upfront about this particular fashion advisor. First: my fashion choices at galas are usually met by those around with me with a look, a pause, and then, “That is so you!” Or, “That is so interesting!” Or, my personal favorite, “…Where would you even get something like that!” What can I say? I dress for myself and I like to keep myself entertained.

Second, I am shopping online for my Cinderella Ball gown as I write this. If I don’t find something in the next hour, I’m going to raid Frances Chung’s closet. Love you, Franny! You have all been warned.

Dolce & Gabbana Fall 2012

Now, here’s the thing: believe it or not, Cinderella was not originally conceived by Disney, but instead is an old fairy tale and there are thousands of different versions of the story throughout the world. Cinderella has a place in many cultures, all centering around the theme of unjust oppression/triumphant reward and ending with the girl getting the Prince.

As a result, the good news for all of us is that there are as many ways to pull off your Cinderella look as there are variations to this fairytale. Some tips:

Keep it classic
Go with a shimmery hue—light blue, light gold, light silver—inspired by an Oscar de la Renta or Valentino gown.

Alexander MCQueen Fall/Winter 2011

Go alternative

Show up as Cinderella from the Sixties. The runways right now—New York Fashion Week and beyond—are obsessed with the Sixties. Mini-skirts and colorblocking are popping up everywhere. See Louis Vuitton’s latest collection for some cool checkerboard patterns.

Go as a punk/deconstructed Cinderella…
…and turn to Alexander McQueen for inspiration.


Alexander McQueen Autumn/Winter 2008-9


Go as hipster Cinderella.
Dress as a grungy maid and say you’re Cinderella before she got famous.

Do the shoes.
Keep your gown simple—say, all black—and put all the attention on a pair of outstanding shoes. I’m talking gold shoes or, yes, glass slippers.


Shoes by Gasoline Glamour


Most importantly, take some creative leeway with your Cinderella.
If anyone doubts you, simply tell them you’re interpreting Rhodopis, a beautiful Greek slave and the first recorded version of the Cinderella fairy tale.

Excited to see you all there. And don’t forget, ladies: side cut-outs are in. That’s how you’ll know it’s me, anyways.


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  1. avatar Barbara Witte
    Posted April 27, 2013 at 4:55 pm | Permalink

    Dores Andre is listed as a Soloist in San Francisco Ballet on the company’s web site. Why is she listed at the top of her blog (this blog) as a member of SFB’s corps de ballet?

  2. avatar Open Studio 455
    Posted April 28, 2013 at 2:07 pm | Permalink

    Great catch Barbara: Dores was indeed promoted from the corps de ballet to soloist in 2012, but our blog description for her hadn’t yet caught up! We’ve amended this to reflect her rightful place in the Company…

  3. avatar Joan Sutton
    Posted April 29, 2013 at 6:48 pm | Permalink

    Love the story of Rhodopis: Rosy-face or Rosy-cheeks. Dores will be beautiful no matter what she wears!

  4. Posted April 29, 2013 at 9:38 pm | Permalink

    What a great post. I certainly enjoyed the baroque Dolce and Gabbana look…. That would probably be me. ;) The shoes I loved and most likely re-post!
    Thanks for the tips!

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