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The Scene How Much Do You Know About The Singapore Tatler Ball?

How Much Do You Know About The Singapore Tatler Ball?

How Much Do You Know About The Singapore Tatler Ball?
Dr. Tony Tan Keng Yam at Tatler Ball 2017
By Chloe Pek
By Chloe Pek
October 11, 2019
Before we know it, the Singapore Tatler Ball 2019 will be happening in one week! As we look forward to our 37th anniversary celebrations, here are nine facts about our annual ball
Jessie Lee, Billy Lee, Stephanie Lee, and Choo Ken-Yi at Tatler Ball 2018
Jessie Lee, Billy Lee, Stephanie Lee, and Choo Ken-Yi at Tatler Ball 2018

1/9 By invitation only

The Tatler Ball is strictly by-invite-only—no plus-ones are allowed, unless they have also been invited. The exclusive guest list of about 320 names is carefully curated ahead of the ball.

Kwek Leng Beng with managing director Corinne at Tatler Ball 2018
Kwek Leng Beng with managing director Corinne at Tatler Ball 2018

2/9 Prominent guests

Reserved for the crème de la crème of Singapore—including industry veterans and high society—our guest list has seen prominent figures over the years, such as the late SR Nathan, Tee Yih Jia Foods chairman Sam Goi, Hong Leong Group Singapore chairman Kwek Leng Beng, and former president Dr. Tony Tan Keng Yam.

A giant chandelier sets the mood for Maximalism
A giant chandelier sets the mood for Maximalism

3/9 Theme

One of the elements that make the Tatler Ball so exciting is perhaps its theme, which defines the entire event—from the dress code to the menu. Discussions for the theme start as early as a year ahead, and it is selected to reflect the zeitgeist of the moment. Themes for the previous balls include ‘The Lady and Her Professor’ (2016), ‘Rebellion’ (2017) and ‘Maximalism’ (2018), and this year, we look to ‘Chinoiserie’ for inspiration.

Fashion director Desmond Lim shares mood boards at Dressing Room 2019
Fashion director Desmond Lim shares mood boards at Dressing Room 2019

4/9 Dressing Room

One of the newer traditions of the Tatler Ball, the Dressing Room is when the theme of the Tatler Ball is first unveiled each year. Fashion director Desmond Lim shares trends and style inspirations with our society friends, and they can also shop the season’s latest fashion picks for the Tatler Ball.

Karen Ong-Tan at the official photo wall of Tatler Ball 2018
Karen Ong-Tan at the official photo wall of Tatler Ball 2018

5/9 Fashion forward

While we are always dazzled by the outfits of our stylish set, there’s no “Best Dressed Award” at the Tatler Ball. There is no competition, as we believe our guests aren’t defined by one fashion moment. Besides, it would be too difficult to choose just one from our crowd of fashion horses.

Tjin Lee, Mae Tan, and Ginny Wiluan party at Tatler Ball 2017
Tjin Lee, Mae Tan, and Ginny Wiluan party at Tatler Ball 2017

6/9 An intimate soiree

Despite the grand occasion, the Tatler Ball is never held in a colossal ballroom. We have a preference for cosier halls, so that the Tatler family and friends can have a relaxed and comfortable time mingling and catching up with one another.

(Related: Tatler 10: The Best Gianvito Rossi Fall/Winter 2019 Heels, Fit For The Tatler Ball)

The honourees of the Tatler Awards 2018
The honourees of the Tatler Awards 2018

7/9 Appreciating our friends

The highlight of the Tatler Ball has got to be the Tatler Awards, where we take the opportunity to fete the accomplishments of our society friends. This is a Tatler tradition that started from the first ever Hong Kong Tatler Ball in 1995. The categories include Style, Business, Culture, Community Service, as well as the Society Couple of the Year and Diamond Award. Honourees are then featured in our December issue. Last year, honourees Arthur Tay, Georgia Lee, Haresh Sharma, Trina Liang-Lin, Kwek Leng Beng and Adrian and Susan Peh graced our pages. 

A bowl of plain Teochew porridge
A bowl of plain Teochew porridge

8/9 Comfort food

A long-standing tradition, guests at the Tatler Ball always look forward to a bowl of Teochew porridge to warm their stomachs at midnight. The Teochew porridge bar comes with savoury dishes and condiments, and is our answer to comfort food after an evening of revelry.

(Related: How To Get Ready For The Tatler Ball 2019)

The Tatler Ball coffee table books from 2016 to 2018
The Tatler Ball coffee table books from 2016 to 2018

9/9 A moment to remember

Besides the various photo booths that offer plenty of Instagram-worthy moments, guests will also have something more to remember the night by—a beautiful coffee table book, laid out with all the memories from the Tatler Ball, couriered to them as a momento.

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