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62nd Annual Vizcaya Ball

62nd Annual Vizcaya BallSaturday, November 17, 7pm-12am – Vizcaya Museum & Gardens, 3251 South Miami Avenue, Miami

Presented by Chopard, with Naeem Khan as Fashion Sponsor, and emceed by NBC 6 anchor Roxy Vargas, the 62nd Annual Vizcaya Ball, themed “East Meets West: The Silk Road to Vizcaya,” raised funds to support the preservation of Vizcaya, a National Historic Landmark. As one of the most celebrated formal affairs in Miami, the Vizcaya Ball began with a majestic entrance through a traditional Chinese gate, with guests being greeted on a golden carpet by ladies from the Confucius Institute of Miami Dade College in elegant Chinese gowns and dancers coordinated by the South Florida Chinese Business Association and the Chinese Cultural Education Foundation entertained everyone before entering the Main House for an impressive Asian- and Eastern-inspired cocktail reception.

Inside, Presenting Sponsor Chopard’s boutique shined with elegant watches and jewelry while models featured Fashion Sponsor Naeem Khan’s designs. Before the scrumptious bay-front dinner by Thierry Isambert Culinary and Event Design, guests were enthralled with a Lion Dance in Vizcaya’s formal gardens. NBC 6’s Roxanne Vargas together with Vizcaya’s Executive Director/CEO Joel Hoffman welcomed and thanked guests for their support. Dinner entertainment included Persian dancers from M.E.C.A.  Dance Ensemble followed by the sounds of the Danny Beck Band. The evening concluded with a spectacular fireworks display high over the historic stone Barge.

The Vizcaya Ball took its inspiration from design themes found at the historic estate, including the water channels in the Fountain Garden, reminiscent of Moghul garden design in Rajasthan; life-size sculpted peacocks in the Marine Garden symbolizing India; the O-bridge in the same garden inspired by similar bridges in China and Japan; and the Casba, the tiled, domed folly making playful reference to the Middle East. In the Breakfast Room, 18th century terracotta French sculptures of a man and a woman, and the mantle over the fireplace designed by Chalfin, clearly suggest China; the maritime landscape by French painter Adrien Manglard depicts a busy seaport, referencing trade between Europe and the Far East. The décor in the Cathay guest bedroom most effectively illustrate Chinoiserie, the style based on European interpretation of Chinese and Asian art and décor. Chalfin aptly named the room Cathay, the old name for China, popularized by Marco Polo.

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