The Ball Of Belles Epoques


Begum Om Habibeh at The Ball Of Belles Epoques in the Pavilion Dauphine, Paris, June 26, 1989 (photo by Auger Benjamin)(Click photo to enlarge).

Time flies, 26 years ago,  on a warm summer afternoon, at her Place Vendôme appartment I did the make-up for Begum Om Habibeh Aga Khan. Even we knew eachother vèry well, it was always a bit exciting to do, when it was for an ‘official’ moment. Today she was invited for ‘The Ball Of Belles Epoques’ in the Pavilion Dauphine, Paris. The party was organized by Austrian Baron Hubert von Patz, husband of Avon Products, Terry McConnell, for their son Terry von Patz. When she arrived, like all other guests she stood in front of the camera of Auger Benjamin, who photographed all the guests of ‘The Ball Of Belles Epoques’ in the Pavilion Dauphine, Paris.

We had some great few days together in Paris, we were drinking tea and eating macarons at Ladurée, and having breakfast and diner at the Ritz and like every year, she had a nice birthday present for me… A Rene Boivin watch. But above all, she was happy with all the compliments she got that night at the ‘The Ball Of Belles Epoques’


by Jean Amr

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