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8 Things You Didn't Know About The Tatler Ball

8 Things You Didn't Know About The Tatler Ball
By Chloe Pek
By Chloe Pek
October 25, 2017
With a reputation for the most glamourous social event, the Singapore Tatler Ball does not fail to impress year after year. From aquariums (2009), to ice thrones (2015), is there a method to our madness? Here's what makes our Tatler Ball so special.

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Teochew porridge at Singapore Tatler Ball 2016, held at Shangri-La Hotel.
Teochew porridge at Singapore Tatler Ball 2016, held at Shangri-La Hotel.

Teochew porridge bar

Ask anyone about what they look forward to at Singapore Tatler’s annual ball and you are most likely to hear about the “porridge buffet”. A deep-rooted Tatler Ball tradition, the midnight porridge bar is our answer to comfort food after an evening of partying, and fuel for our guests to dance late into the night.

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Awardees at Singapore Tatler Ball 2016.
Awardees at Singapore Tatler Ball 2016.

The awards

The Tatler Ball is not just a social event for mingling and networking—it is also an opportunity to show our appreciation for society friends. Last year saw CEO and executive chairman of Poh Tiong Choon Logistics, Poh Choon Ann receiving the Tatler Diamond Award. Ho Ching LinViolet OonNana Au-ChuaMervin Wee and Jean Yip, and Julian and Sandra Chang were also honoured for their contributions to culture, business, the community, and more.

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The Ladies and their Professor at the Tatler Ball 2016.
The Ladies and their Professor at the Tatler Ball 2016.

Plenty of style

Speaking of awards, there’s no “Best Dressed Award” at the Tatler Ball. It's not a fashion competition, and with so many stylish ladies and gentlemen amongst our guests, we would be hard-pressed to choose just one!

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Iroshini Chua looking every bit like an ice queen for 2015's Fire and Ice theme.
Iroshini Chua looking every bit like an ice queen for 2015's Fire and Ice theme.

Themes

The Singapore Tatler Ball is the only Tatler ball across the region to features a theme each year. From ‘Ocean Fantasy’ (2009), ‘Fire and Ice’ (2015), to the most recent ‘The Lady and Her Professor’ (2016), our imaginative themes add a fun touch in dressing for the ball. In case you didn't get the memo, the theme for this year is ‘Rebellion’.

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Loh May-Han at Tatler's 2016 Dressing Room event.
Loh May-Han at Tatler's 2016 Dressing Room event.

The dressing room

To unveil the dress code for our ball, the Dressing Room is an intimate session where the Tatler Ball theme is first unveiled and guests can be inspired and shop the season’s latest fashion picks.

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 Christopher Wilson, Trina Liang-Lin and Edmund Lin at Tatler Ball 2015.
Christopher Wilson, Trina Liang-Lin and Edmund Lin at Tatler Ball 2015.

By invite only

The Tatler Ball is an intimate event, with an exclusive guest list reserved for the crème de la crème of Singapore, including industry veterans and high society. Save-the-dates and invitations are sent out long before the ball, and no plus ones are allowed unless they have also been invited.

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Guests chatting over wine at the Tatler Ball 2015.
Guests chatting over wine at the Tatler Ball 2015.

Size matters

As grand as the ball is known to be, the Tatler Ball is never held at a colossal ballroom. Because it is an intimate occasion for Tatler family and friends, we have a preference for cosier event halls so that our guests can have a comfortable time mingling.

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Our managing director Corinne having a toast with Clinton Ang and Andre Huber.
Our managing director Corinne having a toast with Clinton Ang and Andre Huber.

Ending the year with a bang

The Singapore Tatler Ball is usually the last society ball of the year, and also the most glamorous one that socialites keep their best dresses for. It also marks the start of end-of-year parties and festivities.

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