A little over 40 years ago, Marie-Hélène de Rothschild held a party at her family’s massive castle-like mansion called Château de Ferrières. This party showcased surrealist costumes that are both intriguing and bizarre, even today. These photos have somehow leaked to the internet, despite the gatherings being held in secret. When you see these photos, you won’t believe what really went on behind closed doors.
When a party at the Château de Ferrières was going down, the mansion would be lit up a bright orange. The house looked as if it was on fire.
Inside, the staircase was lined by footmen dressed as cats. The cats were posed in positions as if they were asleep. Lovely dining set…
Ole Sky Face and the Tinsel Queen.
These hats have got to be a strain on the neck, right?
Guy and Marie-Hélène were heavily influenced by surrealist art, which shows in the decor of the mansion and the costumes of their guests.
These look like the people on David Bowie’s emergency contact list.
The Rothschild’s help were in decidedly normal attire, which seems like a missed opportunity.
A costumed homage to the famous surrealist painting, The Son of Man by René Magritte.
I have no idea if you’re supposed to actually eat off this thing, but I’d advise you not to.
This piece is called, “Two turtles hugging in poo,” or something like that.
I can’t tell if this is a hat or this woman just had an accident in the backyard?
Here is famous surrealist painter, Salvador Dali. The Rothschild parties would attract many celebrities like Brigitte Bardot, Grace Kelly and Audrey Hepburn.
Guy de Rothschild’s multi-faced hat had everyone’s attention at the party.
Here is the invitation to the night’s festivities. Guests can only view it with the help of a mirror.
This invitation asked the guests to come in black tie and long dresses with Surrealist heads. Dinner is served!
Marie-Hélène’s oversized deer head had jeweled eyes that were weeping diamonds.