Marie-Hélène Naila Stephanie Josina de Rothschild was a French socialite in Parisian high-society who was one of the essential members of the prominent Rothschild banking family of France. The Surrealist Ball at Ferrières was a famous party she hosted for her ultra-wealthy and exclusive friends.
Although very few were invited to the exclusive event in 1972, those who made it on the list meant that they had reached the pinnacle of Parisian high-society.
The “Black tie” event requires long dresses and Surrealist headdress. And get this, the invitations are written backward so you have to hold it in the mirror in order to read the invite.
As you can imagine, money is no object for a Rothschild and their lavish parties were often thrown in iconic places like a Château like the one you see below which is surrounded by amber lights to create the illusion that the building was on fire.
The invitation is written in reverse. A mirror is required to read it.
She once had an entire staircase lined with servants and footmen dressed as cats and positioned as if they were sleeping. Inside was filled with oddities including a labyrinthine maze where you’d get lost only to be rescued by “cats” who then escort you to Marie-Hélène herself.
This is just one of the many eccentric parties she threw. Wild stories come out of each one, and on this particular night, she was wearing an enormous giant’s head that was crying tears of diamonds.
Her planning was meticulous but it put her on the map for creating one of the most intriguing and exclusive gatherings on earth.
The elite social gathering is eerily reminiscent of scenes out of director Stanley Kubrick’s 1999 film Eyes Wide Shut.
Alexis von Rosenberg, Baron de Redé
Baron de Redé wore four masks, of which has been said to symbolize control over the four corners of the Earth. The split-level head was overflowing with scarab beetles, which seemed to reference Egyptian mysticism.
According to AllDay, “The party has since become the center of controversy amongst people who believe the Rothschilds were connected to the mind-controlling media centered Illuminati.”
“Some have drawn parallels between the party and artistic contributions throughout the following decades. Examples include album cover art from both John Lennon and Pink Floyd, as well as references to golden idols, caged minds, and more.”
Guy de Rothschild & Marie-Hélène de Rothschild wearing a horned “giant’s head.”
Audrey Hepburn and Salvador Dali
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