Gowntastic Opera Ball

Best gowns at the Houston Grand Opera Ball: Carnevale di Venezia theme brings out the masks, too


Houston, HGO opera ball, April 2017, Kendall and Christopher Hanno
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Houston, HGO opera ball, April 2017, Gracie Cavnar
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Houston, HGO opera ball, April 2017, Jana Arnoldy
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Houston, HGO opera ball, April 2017, Sippi Khurana
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Houston, HGO opera ball, April 2017, Lynn Wyatt
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Houston, HGO opera ball, April 2017, Vivian Wise
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Houston, HGO opera ball, April 2017, Bobbie Nau
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Houston, HGO opera ball, April 2017, Kristina Somerville
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Houston, HGO opera ball, April 2017, Zane Carruth
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Houston, HGO opera ball, April 2017, Courtney Cochran Butler
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Houston, HGO opera ball, April 2017, Alex Blair
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Houston, HGO opera ball, April 2017, Joanne King Herring
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Houston, HGO opera ball, April 2017, Valerie Dieterich
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Houston, HGO opera ball, April 2017, Beth Muecke
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Houston, HGO opera ball, April 2017,Ishwaria Subbiah
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Houston, HGO opera ball, April 2017, Rachel Ellsworth
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Houston, HGO opera ball, April 2017, Jennifer Howard
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Houston, HGO opera ball, April 2017, Pat Breen and David Kleinberg
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Houston, HGO opera ball, April 2017, Jerry Ann Woodfin-Costa
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Houston, HGO opera ball, April 2017, Katie Doetsch
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As one of Houston' few white-tie galas, the Houston Grand Opera Ball always brings out spectacular gowns. This seemed especially true Saturday night at the Wortham Theater Center as the Carnevale di Venezia theme added a festive air. Taking a cue from the elaborate invitation that featured a feathered mask, many guests matched elaborate masks to their designer gowns.

Here are some of our favorite looks.

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Kendall and Christopher Hanno
Dress: Jovani
Quote about the dress: "I found my dress at Tootsies. And our masks were custom made by Becca Quisenberry at Forty Five Ten in River Oaks District."

 

Gracie Cavnar
Dress: Zac Posen
Quote about the dress: "I love the color."

Jana Arnoldy
Dress: Naeem Khan
Quote about the dress: "This is actually a gown that I bought for my son's wedding. It hasn't been worn since so it's exciting to wear it again."

Sippi Khurana
Dress: Naeem Khan
Quote about the dress: "I just really liked this dress." 

Lynn Wyatt
Dress: Bill Blass
Quote about the dress: "I went up to my attic," said Wyatt when asked how she choose her gown for the evening.

Vivian Wise
Dress: Dior
Quote about the dress: "I love the tarot and the arcana cards, and this is the diablo."

Bobbie Nau
Dress: Angel Sanchez 

Kristina Somerville
Dress: Ralph Lauren
Quote about the dress: "My husband bought it for me for Christmas."

Zane Carruth
Dress: Monique Lhuillier
Quote about the dress: "My daughter picked it out and I thought it looked like a party."

Courtney Cochran Butler
Dress: Halston Heritage
Quote about the dress: "I tried on a bunch of dresses and liked this one because it's understated but still has coloring I like." 

Alex Blair
Dress: Jonathan Blake
Quote about the dress: "I love big ball gowns." 

Joanne King Herring
Dress: Bob Mackie
Quote about the dress: "It's a vintage gown." 

Valerie Dieterich
Dress: Lanvin
Quote about the dress: "I choose it because it's very flowy," said Dieterich, who is due this summer.

Beth Muecke
Dress: Sherri Hill
Quote about the dress: "I thought it was fun and goes with the carnevale theme."

Ishwaria Subbiah
Dress: David Meister
Quote about the dress: "It's springtime and it's embroidered flowers, so it's a perfect fit."

Rachel Ellsworth
Dress: Jovani with jewels from Tenenbaum Jewelers
Quote about the dress: "I went into Tootsies to have a different dress altered, and then I saw this one and thought, 'That's the dress'." 

Jennifer Howard
Dress: Halston Heritage
Quote about the dress: "I was looking for something a little more modern and love the exposed shoulder trend."

Pat Breen and David Kleinberg
Dress: Oscar de la Renta
Quote about the dress: "I thought it was perfect for the carnevale theme." 

Jerry Ann Woodfin-Costa
Dress: Valentino
Quote about the dress: "I did the dress. It's an old Valentino that I cut the turtleneck out of and put all the flowers on," said Jerry Ann's spouse, designer Victor Costa.

Katie Doetsch
Dress: Mac Duggal 
Quote about the dress: "It was an immediate fit. As soon as I put it on I knew this was the one."

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