Best Ball Gowns Ever

Houston Grand Opera Ball brings out the best designer gowns on glamorous night: Here are our favorites


9380 Sue Smith in Oscar De La Renta. Ernesto Moreira jewelry Best Houston Grand Opera HGO gala gowns April 2015
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News, Shelby, HGO ball gowns, April 2015, Lynn Wyatt, Valentino
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9080 Carrie Brandsberg-Dahl wearing Fendi Best Houston Grand Opera HGO gala gowns April 2015
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8896 Jana Arnoldy wearing Alexander McQueen Best Houston Grand Opera HGO gala gowns April 2015
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9972 Hayden Lasher McGuinness wearing Oscar De La Renta Best Houston Grand Opera HGO gala gowns April 2015
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8977 Diane Lokey Farb wearing Naeem Kahn and Chopard yellow diamonds Best Houston Grand Opera HGO gala gowns April 2015
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News, Shelby, HGO Best Ball gowns, April 2015, Cynthia Petrello
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News, Shelby, HGO ball gowns, April 2015, Isabel David, Naeem Khan
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News, Shelby, HGO Best Ball gowns, April 2015, Fady Armanious, Hallie Vanderhider
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News, Shelby, HGO ball gowns, April 2015,Shelby Hodge, Pat Breen, Oscar de la Renta
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9335 Dr. Sheena Garner Best Houston Grand Opera HGO gala gowns April 2015
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0026 Mary D'Andrea wearing Vintage Valentino Best Houston Grand Opera HGO gala gowns April 2015
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8944 Kristina Somerville wearing Roberto Cavalli Best Houston Grand Opera HGO gala gowns April 2015
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9031 Margaret Williams wearing Ripetto Best Houston Grand Opera HGO gala gowns April 2015
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9349 Lisa Frantz wearing Monique Lhuillier Best Houston Grand Opera HGO gala gowns April 2015
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9057 Barbara Lagrange wearing Valentino Best Houston Grand Opera HGO gala gowns April 2015
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News, Shelby, HGO ball gowns, April 2015, Valerie Dieterich, Missoni
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While the social swans dress their best for all of H-Town's black-tie galas, the white-tie-and-tails Houston Grand Opera Ball is the one night of the year when the parade of designer gowns is nothing less than spectacular.

The recent gala, themed España, stayed true to forminspiring creative dressing with ruffles, flourishes and miles of lace.

With the assistance of photographer Priscilla Dickson, we culled through the dozens of beauties and have selected our choice for best dressed ladies on this glamorous night. 

Tops on everyone's list was Sue Smith in this Oscar de la Renta bird cage gown. Her jewels by Ernesto Moreira the crowning glory.

Red was the color of choice for many of the ladies and Valentino with red as his signature color was the preferred designer for that fashion interpretation of the ball theme. 

Always the belle of the ball, Lynn Wyatt was a standout in this vintage Valentino with just the right hint of Spain in the ruffled sleeves and neckline. For the evening, she wore her hair in a chignon anchored with ebullient red roses.

Another swan who regularly stands out from the fashion pack particularly with her avant garde approach is Carrie Brandsberg-Dahl, who on this night wore this striking, fur-embellished gown by Fendi.

Still as beautiful as she was when modeling on the Junior League runway, Jana Arnoldy was another standout in red. Her gown is by Alexander McQueen.

Hayden Lasher McGuinness had both men and women swooning in this one-shouldered Oscar de la Renta, created from a profusion of fabric petals.

Truly dazzling, Diane Lokey Farb lit up the night in this gleaming golden gown by Naeem Khan. The suite of yellow diamonds by Chopard nailed it for top glam factor.

Past Houston Grand Opera Ball chair, Cynthia Petrello represented the essence of femininity in this lace gown by Monique Lhuillier, a gown beautiful enough to serve as a wedding dress for the sophisticated bride.

The 2015 Houston Grand Opera Ball was the third time that the lovely Isabel David had attended the gala while only weeks away from delivering a baby.

Each time with serious baby bump, she has managed to present a glowing, high-fashion image, an inspiration for all fashion-conscious mothers-to-be.

Baby number three, the first girl for Isabel and Danny David, is due in mid-May.

Here, Isabel wears a roomy Naeem Khan.

Tootsies' Fady Armanious, who always dresses to the beat of his own drummer, complements his Dior white-tie-and-tails with a black lace cape by Monique Lhuillier. 

However, Armanious' sartorial splendor could not outshine Hallie Vanderhider in the magnificent tiered gown by Monique Lhuillier.

An Oscar de la Renta devotee, Pat Breen stayed on course for the Houston Grand Opera Ball in this stunning, glittering gown by the late designer.

Ophthalmologist Dr. Sheena Garner left her scrubs at home to step out in a peek-a-boo lace gown by Jovan.

Vintage Valentino was the choice for Mary D'Andrea, who found this lovely beaded and ruffled confection to be just the ticket for a night in España.

Kristina Somerville was all beauty in this daring gown by Roberto Cavalli.

Margaret Alkek Williams stepped out in this beautifully beaded gown by her personal designer Ripetto of Rome.

Lisa Frantz was another beauty in Spanish-inspired red, her gown by Monique Lhuillier.

Long-time Houston Grand Opera patron Barbara LeGrange was another glamorous lady in red, her gown by Valentino.

Valerie Dieterich glittered in this gown by Missoni.

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