On Tuesday evening, Les Pierrettes dedicated the organization’s annual ball to Pierrot, the French master of pantomime. Held this year at the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, the ball had as its theme “Les Pierrettes Visits the Roaring Twenties”.
Promptly at 8 p.m., Jimmy Maxwell and his orchestra began to play. A whistle blew, heralding the appearance of this year’s captain, Miss Mary Mitchell Ives Henry, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Keith Gerard Henry. She wore a sleeveless V-front silver and white party dress reminiscent of the 1920s. It featured a chevron hemline with silver bugle bead fringe. A silver rhinestone beaded headband with pink and white feathers, along with knotted long pearls and silver embellished shoes, completed her ensemble.
With the help of her lieutenants, the captain led a group of 24 dancers, dressed as flappers, out on stage to Parov Stelar’s production of “Clap Your Hands.” The entire dance, which included the Charleston, had a modern feel to it all the while evoking the carefree, exuberant days of the Roaring Twenties. Each dancer was outfitted in hot pink flapper dresses, long white pearl necklaces and pink sequined headbands with feather plumes.
The lieutenants wore black fringed flapper costumes with long black gloves, black fishnet stocking and shoes and black sequined feather plume headbands. The also wore pink feather boas. After the dance, the lieutenants positioned themselves at the foot of a gold and silver shimmering throne where their monarch, Miss Elizabeth Carter Macdiarmid, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Martin Archibald Macdiarmid III, and her royal entourage held court.
Maids to her majesty were Misses Katherine Isabel Balart, daughter and stepdaughter of Mr. and Mrs. Luis Etienne Balart and stepdaughter and daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Andrew Hogan; Kelly Manning Batt, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John August Batt Jr.; Lydia Vivian Calhoun, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Murray Andrew Calhoun; Lucille Caliste Currence, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Richard M. Currence Jr.; Miriam de Buys Ellis, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Cothran Ellis; Charlotte Sprunt Freeman, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Peter Lawrence Freeman; Lindsey LeJeune Gibert, daughter and stepdaughter of Mr. and Mrs. James Howard Gibert Jr. and stepdaughter and daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Peter Laborde Jr.; Sara Elizabeth Jenkins, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Richard Scott Jenkins; Sarah Eleanor Lane, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Harry Merritt Lane III; Peyton Armistead LeCorgne, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Matthew Phillips LeCorgne; Helen Anne Mason, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Griffin Mason; Winifred Diane McCarthy, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Shaun Michael McCarthy; Meredith Kuebel Mentz, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Frederick Mentz; Adelaide Elizabeth Perrier, daughter and stepdaughter of Mr. and Mrs. Guy Dugue Perrier and daughter of Ms. Elizabeth Caraway Perrier; Lillian Miles Rufty, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Alfred Jackson Rufty III; Julia Armstrong Saer, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Kenneth Saer Jr.; and Eleanor Jean Wenzel, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jeffrey Gustave Wenzel.
The queen’s consort was Mr. Hutson Patrick Sumrall, son of Dr. and Mrs. William David Sumrall III.
The dukes were Messrs. Vincent Riley Baumer, son of Mr. and Mrs. Kristen Baumer; Michael James Brown Jr., son of Mr. and Mrs. Brown; Douglas Graham Drennan III, son of Mrs. Drennan II; Blake Lawrence Ecuyer, son of Mr. and Mrs. Michael Joseph Ecuyer; Moylan Feild Gomila III, son of Mr. and Mrs. Gomila Jr.; James William Heurtin, son of Mr. and Mrs. James Allen Heurtin Jr.; Karl Ernst Hoefer Jr., son of Mr. and Mrs. Hoefer; Owen James Hoffman, son of Dr. and Mrs. Gregor James Hoffman; Patrick Crossin Kern, son of Mr. and Mrs. Barry Fitzgerald Kern; Christopher Michael Lane, son of Mr. and Mrs. David Merrick Lane; Miles Edward Lapeyre, son of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Stephen Lapeyre; William Halpin Nalty II, son of Mr. Donald James Nalty Jr. and stepson and son of Mr. and Mrs. James Lynn Nichols; Alexandre Pratt Provosty, son of Mr. and Mrs. Gerald Pratt Provosty; Sawyer Booth Roussel, son of Mr. and Mrs. James Hayward Roussel Jr.; Michael Bisso Slatten, son and stepson of Mr. and Mrs. Scott Tappan Slatten and son of Ms. Michelle Browder Slatten; William Anthony Slatten III, son of Mr. and Mrs. Slatten Jr.; and Thomas Martin Stall, son of Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Ellender Stall.
Serving as the queen’s pages were Misses Lillian Gayle Gorman, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Alan Bartley Gorman; Catherine Davis Lapeyre, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Etienne Cassard Lapeyre; Kingsland Eastman LeBourgeois, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Michael Livaudais LeBourgeois; and Anna Hassinger Schmidt, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Justin Burton Schmidt. Misses Lauren Catherine Favrot, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. T. Semmes Favrot, and Ana Marie Hale Rapier, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. James Westfeldt Rapier, served as the captain’s pages.
In keeping with tradition, the pages presented white orchids to the queen’s and captain’s mothers.
The pages presented bouquets of pink sweetheart roses to Misses Lucie Sandoz Lanier, last year’s queen, and Ellen Heidingsfelder Silvia, last year’s captain.
This year’s queen, Miss Macdiarmid, wore a sleeveless, A-line floor-length gown of white satin featuring a lace top and sash embellished with Austrian crystals and rhinestones. The traditional Les Pierrettes mantle of pale pink and white satin and a glittering crown and scepter completed the regal ensemble.
The maids wore dresses of individual design fashioned along jeune fille lines and carried bouquets of white roses. The pages wore wreaths of pink and white flowers with pink
ribbons to match their tea-length dresses of white satin accented with pink satin jester collars and waistbands.
The queen’s supper immediately followed the ball and took place in the La Nouvelle Orleans Ballroom of the convention center. In keeping with the ball’s theme, one of several of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s quotes, “I wish I’d done everything on earth with you,” greeted guests as they entered the ballroom. Once inside, shades of silver, black and iridescent white depicted the opulence of the Roaring Twenties.