Life Ball unveiled the first 'Garden of Earthly Delights' photos
...on 16 December 2013. Since 1993, the Viennese summer charity ball collects money for AIDS/HIV projects. Life Ball is also known as fashion ball with catwalk presentations (photos of Roberto Cavalli in 2013) and an own Style Bible. The Style Bible is for guest who want to get inspired for their outfits in accordance with the ball's annually changing themes. The guests' ball fashion reaches from fantasy costumes to classical evening wear with a gentle reference to the topic.
The image on this page is the first which was handed out by the organizers for the ball on 31 May 2014. Via posting below, Life Ball provides some views of the backstage scenery at the shooting.
fig.: 'The Garden of Earthly Delights' sujet of the 22nd Life Ball which is scheduled for 31 May 2014 at Vienna City Hall. Photo provided by Life Ball / (C) Inge Prader. Model: Andrea Ojdanic / Wiener Models.
The photo shows a woman in Rococo styling with wig, richly decorated straw hat (flowers and feathers), and green dress with a golden stomacher in heart form where a red rose is blooming. 'The Garden of Earthly Delights' theme is inspired by earlier times than 18th century Rococo which is known for its return-to-nature movement and fashionable garden lifestyle. Life Ball references an art work which originates from the late 15th/early 16th century, the Renaissance when the interest in humans, nature, and culture - by the way even folk art like costumes, awakened. The painting 'Garden of Earthly Delights' by Hieronymus Bosch is the name giver of Life Ball's Style Bible 2014. Bosch's work is interpreted by Life Ball "as the idea of a diverse society, living together passionately and peacefully, as if the Fall of Man had never happened and people had never been expelled from Paradise,' such as it is stated on lifeball.org. Ball organizer Gery Keszler adds: "The idea behind this interpretation is very inspiring for the Life Ball, of course. What is less inspiring, however, is the time during which Mr. Bosch lived, when the afterlife was more important than living here and now."