Sunday night boasted the launch of Perth’s inaugural Dîner en Blanc. While fairly new to Australia the event has a rich history spanning decades and continents.
Frenchman François Pasquier started the concept of Dîner en Blanc in 1988 when he organised an outdoor dinner at Bois de Boulogne and asked his friends to all wear white to allow them to find each other. From there the event has grown to be held in some of the world’s most exclusive and iconic places so it was only fitting that Perth debuted its membership to the Dîner en Blanc fraternity at Elizabeth Quay in the city.
In accordance with tradition this is one seriously hard party to get into. There are friends of the event and then friends of friends and then it all got a bit ambiguous BUT basically getting a ticket is like the Hunger Games and an episode of The Apprentice all rolled into one. After applying with all the email addresses available to us (sorry mum) we were kindly invited to be part of the event which felt like an achievement tantamount to sneaking into Leo’s post Oscar’s party 2016.
We were emailed the location only an hour before go time (as per the aforementioned tradition) and it was pretty magical to arrive at the scene to be faced with 1,600 people dressed head to toe in white, setting up their respective tables. Having been fans of the event we knew what we were in for but the sheer force of the effect was awe inspiring.
Set against the backdrop of the Swan River and around a focal point of Christian de Vietri’s “Spanda” ripple sculpture the Parisian ‘pop-up’ picnic kicked off with the traditional napkin wave before guests got to the important part, the eating (and drinking). The evening concluded with dancing, sparklers the last drops of Moet & Chandon Champagne before the guests left, leaving no trace of what had been.
Commendations to the team behind Dîner en Blanc Perth 2016 –it was a magical evening and we are already dreaming about next year!
Photos by Kai Ridley for The Boyfriend Shirt.