The Best Ball Gowns of the Season

Fabulous ball gowns create a designer fashion flurry at white-tie gala


Houston, Opera Ball Gowns, April 2016, Hallie Vanderhider in Carolina Herrera
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Houston Grand Opera ball gowns, April 2014, Donna Josey Chapman
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Houston, Opera Ball Gowns, April 2016, Kendall Hanno in Juvanni.
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Houston, Opera Ball Gowns, April 2016, Cynthia Petrello in Naeem Khan
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Houston, Opera Ball Gowns, April 2016, Becca Cason Thrash in David Peck
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Houston, Opera Ball Gowns, April 2016, Kelli Cohen Fein in Carolina Herrera.
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Houston, Opera Ball Gowns, April 2016, Kristina Somerville in Oscar De La Renta.
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Houston, Opera Ball Gowns, April 2016, Lynn Wyatt in Gucci.
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Houston, Opera Ball Gowns, April 2016, Frances Marzio in Ralph Lauren
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Houston, Opera Ball Gowns, April 2016, Jana Arnoldy in Oscar De La Renta.
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Houston, Opera Ball Gowns, April 2016,  Suzanne Saperstein in Armani Haute Couture.
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Houston, Opera Ball Gowns, April 2016, Janet Gurwitch in Zac Posen.
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Houston, Opera Ball Gowns, April 2016, Ileana Trevino by Monique Lhuillier
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Houston, Opera Ball Gowns, April 2016,  Alex Blair in Monique Lhuillier
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Houston, Opera Ball Gowns, April 2016,  Carrie Brandsberg-Dahl in Yves Saint Laurent
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Houston, Opera Ball Gowns, April 2016,  Rachel Regan in Crisada from Neiman Marcus.
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Houston, Opera Ball Gowns, April 2016, Mary D’Andrea in Talbot Runhof.
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Houston, Opera Ball Gowns, April 2016, Marguerite Swartz in Alexander McQueen
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Houston, Opera Ball Gowns, April 2016, Joanne Herring in Faviana.
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Houston, Opera Ball Gowns, April 2016,  Rini Ziegler in Oscar De La Renta.
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Houston, Opera Ball Gowns, April 2016,  Christian Miranda in Dolce & Gabbana.
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HGO ball, April 2016, Fady Armanious
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With a dress code of white-tie-and-tails, the Houston Grand Opera Ball traditionally inspires the swans to dress in ultimate ball gown finery.

Saturday's record-breaking Carousel-themed gala was no exception with a bevy of gowns by Oscar de la Renta and Monique Lhuillier. The bolder fashionistas in the mix stepped out in au courant designers including Gucci, Juvani, and Talbot Runhof.

Hallie Vanderhider was exceptionally lovely in this gown by Carolina Herrera.

Houston Grand Opera Ball chair Donna Josey Chapman cast a regal glow in this dazzling gown by Marchesa.

After-party chair Kendall Hanno in Jovani.

Cynthia Petrello in Naeem Khan.

Becca Cason Thrash in David Peck.

Kelli Cohen Fein in Carolina Herrera.

Kristina Somerville in Oscar de la Renta. 

Lynn Wyatt in Gucci.

Frances Marzio in Ralph Lauren. 

Jana Arnoldy in Oscar de la Renta. 

Suzanne Saperstein in Armani haute couture.

Janet Gurwitch in Zac Posen.

Ileana Trevino in Monique Lhuillier. 

Alex Blair in Monique Lhuillier.

Carrie Brandsberg-Dahl in Yves Saint Laurent.

Rachel Regan in Crisada.

Mary D'Andrea in Talbot Runhof.

Marguerite Swartz in Alexander McQueen.

Joanne King Herring in Faviana. 

Rini Ziegler in Oscar de la Renta.

Christian Miranda in Dolce & Gabbana.

Fady Armanious cut a dashing swath in his custom-made white tie ensemble.

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