The Erte Ball, a fantastic 1910s – 20s Art Nouveau – Art Deco theme party, was given by Tito Ado Escudero at the Villa Escudero in August 1993…
For that ball, I dressed as a Venetian blackamoor in gold lame and gold Houles tassels galore and wore portions of a real antique blue, gold, and white Murano chandelier [ a Gonzalez heirloom: a 22 February 1930 wedding gift to my Lolo Bosto and Lola Charing by his classy youngest brother Lolo Fausto ] — on my head [ which I had to balance with my right hand the whole evening! 😛 ]. Jo Panlilio dressed as an African Queen with 40 yards of Brunschwig & Fils leopard-stripe velvet from Edgar Ramirez’s atelier. And we weren’t the only guests costumed over-the-top. Needless to say, it was a fantastically decadent party…
After dinner, we over-the-top costumed guests were requested to assemble backstage in preparation for our runway introductions. We were all giggling and guffawing endlessly backstage.
In one corner, I espied the irrepressible Louie Cruz’s partner-at-that-time, the boyish German Eike Felderbauer, so I greeted him: “Hi Eike! Long time no see! How are you? But where’s Louie???”
Our jaws dropped to the floor as the unpredictable Louie Cruz emerged from a corner adjusting the back of his incredible costume. He was dressed and fully maq-ed as Ursula, the Sea Witch from the Disney animated movie “The Little Mermaid”!!! He had a Suzy Wong wig and a strapless tightfitting black evening gown replete with humongous stuffed black “tentacles”!!!
“Putang ina ninyo!!! Nandito si Louie Cruz!!!” he mock-cursed all of us!!!
Harharhar!!! 😛 😛 😛